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I found this a thoroughly fascinating summary of the linguistici situation in early and mid-Roman Christendom.

The one point I disagree with is this: "The Apostles were no exception. Though some of them, in particular St Peter and perhaps also St John, may well have learned Greek in later life, Aramaic was their first and for most of them their only language."

I believe more of the Apostles and Evangelists learned or knew other languages. Some of the traditions are summarized here. For example, Sts. Thomas and Bartholomew must have learned Parthian and Sanskrit or some equivalent to evangelize in India and Persia (St. Bartholomew also evangelized in Armenia), Sts. Simon and Jude worked in Mesopotamia and Persia - Aramaic may have partially sufficed, but they probably also needed Parthian, St. Andrew would have needed Scythic or Gothic to work in Scythia north of the Black Sea. St. Mark would have perforce needed to know Coptic to work in Alexandria and Egypt, and to found that rite. St. Paul also evangelized in Spain, and probably could have used Celtic he might have known from Asia Minor, or perhaps a translator from Galatia.

1 posted on 07/16/2003 12:47:06 PM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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2 posted on 07/16/2003 12:49:46 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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BUMP for Liturgical Linguistics - Sacred Language vs. Vernacular.
3 posted on 07/16/2003 12:57:59 PM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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Bumpus ad summum
12 posted on 07/16/2003 11:50:47 PM PDT by Dajjal
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Bump concerning vernacular in the Liturgy.
14 posted on 09/18/2003 6:48:08 AM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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The article is interesting, but I would take it cum grano salis. The author admits that nearly everything he writes is complete conjecture. He could be correct regarding some points, but then again he could be entirely wrong.
16 posted on 09/18/2003 4:22:06 PM PDT by Maximilian
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