[b-hebrew] hebrew is dead?

fred burlingame tensorpath at gmail.com
Wed Dec 29 18:28:04 EST 2010

Hello Karl:

I am happy to accept whatever the facts are or may be.

The language (hebrew, greek, aramaic, english) that the person Jesus spoke
alters the related theology not one iota.

The factual record as we speak today, inclines me to the conclusion opposite
of yours and the mainstream of academia and elsewhere.

The third rate greek grammar of the latter one third of this document, and
its brute resemblance to hebrew sentence word order, was the last straw for
me; and impelled my conclusion that the document was created in hebrew and
deliberately translated into poor quality greek as a message marker of its
original language.



fred burlingame

On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:

> Fred:
> On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM, fred burlingame <tensorpath at gmail.com>wrote:
>> it's never easy, jack ...
>> discovering the facts at odds with one's cherished beliefs ...
>> regards,
>> fred burlingame
>> Look inside yourself.
> I used to be thrilled with the idea that Jesus and his contemporaries spoke
> Hebrew as their mother tongue. That’s also what I was taught in class.
> But gradually, as more facts came in, I had to start doubting that belief.
> What was the last straw was to discover that the post-Babylonian Exile books
> of Tanakh have a simpler literary structure, consistent with a population
> who spoke Hebrew as a second language, in contrast with those books written
> before the Babylonian Exile. That literary pattern shows up if and only if
> we accept the books at face value as to the dates in which they were
> written.
> That’s why I now claim that during the second Temple period, every male at
> least was taught Hebrew, it was used in the temple, when Tanakh was read
> slowly and deliberately in the synagogs, people usually got at least the
> gist of the reading and for popular texts more than just the gist. Important
> literary works were written in Hebrew and it was the official language of
> records. But on the streets and in the homes, people spoke Aramaic.
> Hebrew was a living language in that it was still spoken and literary works
> were authored in it, but no one spoke it as his mother tongue.
> Karl W. Randolph.

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