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book of Hebrews: better from Greek, or Aramaic?
The NT was originally in Aramaic, then later translated-- probably under apostles' supervision-- into Greek.
some mistranslations in the Greek

The apostles were imperfect humans, and overlooked some mistranslations.
Paul's native language was Aramaic; he wrote in Aramaic, and then that got translated into Greek. The underlying Aramaic reveals itself in un-Greek features of Paul's letters.
I too reject the never-ending-torture position. I'm a universalist.

Yes, Peshitta Primacy is a minority opinion. Manuscript guy Daniel Wallace booted me from his blog's comments section for making pro-Aramaic arguments. The Church of the East believes that its Peshitta NT books came directly from their authors in Aramaic, and they've been carefully recopying them through the years.
A link near the bottom of
goes to the book
_Was the New Testament Really Written in Greek?: A Concise Compendium of the Many Internal and External Evidences of Aramaic Peshitta Primacy_

A) Special Features of the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament
B) Mistranslations/ Mistransmissions/ Missed Translations/ Additions to/ Corruptions in Greek Manuscripts, Contrasted with the Original Aramaic
C) Semitic Idioms in Greek NT Mss.

A summary of some translation errors in the Greek is at:

"are direct quotes from the Greek Septuagint"
2 examples?
Cave 4 of the Qumran caves has many readings similar to what appears in the LXX-- and dissimilar to the Masoretic. A NT quote from the OT might be, not from the LXX, but rather from a Hebrew textual tradition distinct from that which the Masoretic derives.

Suggested changes, given the original Aramaic's 'pagans/heathens'

Mt 6:7 In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do;
for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Gentiles --> pagans/heathens

Mt 10:5 Jesus sent these twelve out, and commanded them, saying,
"Don't go among the Gentiles,
and don't enter into any city of the Samaritans.
Gentiles --> pagans/heathens

Mt 18:17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell the assembly.
If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector.
Gentile --> pagan/heathen

Mk 7:26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.
Greek --> pagan/heathen
(and 'race' could be replaced with a better word, IMO)

Jn 7:35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him?
Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
It's actually more like this:
(Etheridge) The Jihudoyee say among themselves, Whither is this about to go, that we cannot find him?
To the countries of the nations is he to go, and to teach the Heathens?

Acts 18:4 He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.
Greeks --> pagans/heathens

Acts 18:17 Then all the Greeks laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. Gallio didn't care about any of these things.
Greeks --> pagans/heathens

1 Cor 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father's wife.
Gentiles --> pagans/heathens

1 Cor 10:20 But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don't desire that you would have fellowship with demons.
Gentiles --> pagans/heathens

1 Cor 10:27 But if one of those who don't believe invites you to a meal, and you are inclined to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for the sake of conscience.
who don't believe --> pagans/heathens

1 Cor 12:2 You know that when you were heathen, you were led away to those mute idols, however you might be led.
"heathen" works.

1 Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunken binges, orgies, carousings, and abominable idolatries.
Gentiles --> pagans/heathens

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RE: book of Hebrews: better from Greek, or Aramaic? - by DavidFord - 08-20-2020, 10:36 PM

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