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Jesus spoke in Galilean Aramaic or any other dialects?
Thirdwoe Wrote:
Quote:Early Galilean Aramaic, the mother tongue of Jesus, is a language that has all but fallen into obscurity.

He seems to have believed all the imaginary assumptions of the Greek bible critics these days, that the words of Jesus have sadly been forgotten and lost, that the Aramaic words of Jesus we have today, are not the same ones that the Apostles and 1st century Christians heard/read/spoke.

Not so. As Jesus Himself said: "Heaven and earth will pass away; and my words will not pass away." I'm sticking with Jesus on that statement.


I love Akhan Steve. But I think, if pressed hard enough, he would readily admit that it's all presumption, based on reconstructionalist methodology. Those who hold to this position, do so on pure conjecture, and not a single shred of primary evidence. Not a single letter of a single Aramaic word, preserved in any text that is attributed to Jesus or any direct apostle, shows any trace of this mysteriously lost dialect.

"Talitha Qumi", "Maran Atha", "Raqa", "Abba", "Ely, lama shwaqthani", etc., are all valid Aramaic words/phrases in any dialect. They are universal. As easily recognized and understood in "eastern" as in "western" locales. Not an iota of difference. Zip.

The apostles would've had *zero* luck evangelizing any Aramaic area (outside their own insignificant little villages), if they purposely chose to speak like hillbillies out in public. You saw Peter was ashamed and denied his own accent, trying to cover it up. It's not something to be proud of. Not to mention writing like hillbillies ... which would've been even worse for their cause.

Nevertheless, these same scholars have no problem attributing eloquent Greek writing, to these same hillbilly fishermen. Peter could write masterful Greek, apparently. But he couldn't write in proper Aramaic, unless it was hillbilly Aramaic. Sigh. <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad -->


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Re: Jesus spoke in Galilean Aramaic or any other dialects? - by Paul Younan - 01-30-2014, 12:33 AM

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