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Jesus spoke in Galilean Aramaic or any other dialects?
Most Aramaic dialects are mutually intelligible, including Galilean Aramaic and Assyrian Aramaic (Syriac). The Galilean words use in the Greek Gospels are pretty much the same as their Assyrian counterparts. As Brother Steve shows, there are differences between the two dialects but not enough to make it where Galileans, Judeans, and Assyrians couldn't understand each other. Judean (referred to as "Hebrew" in the New Covenant writings) was different from Galilean also, but the primary difference was probably the accents. The Galileans were the 1st century Jewish rednecks <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/poketoungeb.gif" alt="Tongue" title="Poke Tounge" /><!-- sTongue -->. The Samaritan dialect (likely influenced by the Assyrian dialect due to their Jewish-Assyrian heritage) could have easily influenced some aspects of Galilean speech.

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Re: Jesus spoke in Galilean Aramaic or any other dialects? - by ScorpioSniper2 - 01-26-2014, 04:56 PM

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