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Paul - would he choose Greek over Aramaic?
Hi all,

Someone left this note on my website's guestbook and I think it makes some sense:

One important contextual point in support of Aramaic primacy, not mentioned anywhere in your book, is the fact that under Alexander the Great, the Greeks attempted or even succeeded in placing a statue of their Greek god, Zeus in the temple at Jerusalem. Daniel prohesied this abomination. Now, in context, would Paul, formerly Saul, a Pharisee of the Hebrew faith be super keen on a folk(Greeks) that either tried to or succeeded in violating the Holiest place in Judaism? Would he have the greatest and utmost respect for his enemy to be speaking and writing fluently in Greek, all the while, rejecting his Hebrew upbringing? I think perhaps not! Aramaic Primacy makes absolute sense, Greek primacy seems irrational. Let's not forget that Paul made a veiled tongue-in-cheek reference to the Greek practice of holding orgies after constructing gods, alters and idols in Athens. To the Unknown God, or the God the Greeks never knew. He noted all the idols and gods in Athens, meaning the Greeks could care less about them, but they were sexoholics and loved their orgies, more than their gods, so they made them as an excuse to hold orgies, just as some folks make excuses about hard work, just to go and get drunk today.
Paul clearly did not think much of the Greeks, why would he choose to speak Greek over Aramaic?
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Shlama Akhi Chris,

That little commentary is TNT !! <!-- s:bomb: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bomb.gif" alt=":bomb:" title="The Bomb" /><!-- s:bomb: --> <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->
I'm thinking about all of those places where 'Jews and Arameans' was replaced with 'Jews and Greeks' in the GNT. Also I remember one author who I used to consider very learned who called the Greek Old Testament 'original.' Talk about going way too far!!
I guess they are trying to be consistent when you look at it from one perspective. Think of this statement-"Our English Bible was originally written by Semitic peoples in the Hebrew tongue but by the time these same Semitic peoples composed their New Testament they got so overwhelmed by the superiority of the Greek language, customs and theology that they all threw their hands up in the air simultaneously and in one accord and said 'What the heck!, 'Let's try something new,' 'Our ancestors were all just a bunch of old fogeys who didn't know what they were talking about let's just allow ourselves to be totally inundated with this Indo-European influence!', 'Let's totally forget about all of our Afro-Asiatic moorings like it was all a bad dream and allow ourselves to be altogether supplanted by these foreigners.'" ... NOT!!! <!-- s:biggrin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biggrin.gif" alt=":biggrin:" title="Big Grin" /><!-- s:biggrin: -->

Shlama w'Burkate, Larry Kelsey

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