Skip to comments.What Language Did Jesus Speak?
Posted on 06/24/2018 3:07:00 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
There is wide consensus among scholars that Aramaic was the primary language spoken by the Jews of first century Palestine.
The vast majority of Jews spoke it. Jesus spoke it.
This has been the commonly accepted view since 1845, when Abraham Geiger, a German rabbi, showed that even Jewish rabbis from the first century would have spoken Aramaic. He convincingly argued that the Hebrew from the first century (Mishnaic Hebrew) only functioned as a written language, not as a living, spoken language.
There are two reasons most scholars believe Aramaic was the primary language of Jesuss timeand the language Jesus spoke:
The overwhelming majority of documents and inscriptions recovered from the era are in Aramaic. Although documents do exist in Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and other languages, they are a minority. And even though many religious texts are in Hebrew (for example, of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 15% are in Aramaic, 3% are in Greek, and the rest in Hebrew), most nonreligious textscontracts, invoices, ownership claims, and other kinds of ordinary communicationare in Aramaic. Moreover, of the Hebrew inscriptions found, almost all have been found in and around Jerusalem and the Judean wildernessand virtually none have been found in Galilee. If Hebrew was spoken regularly in ordinary conversation, there is little written evidence to support it.
The second, and perhaps most convincing evidence of Aramaic primacy is that the Hebrew Scriptures were being translated into Aramaic. There may be many reasons why the Scriptures were being translated, but the most likely one is the simplest: most ordinary people could no longer understand the Scriptures in Hebrew. This doesnt mean Hebrew wasnt spoken. Weve seen above that it was.
It simply means the instances where Hebrew was spoken were the exception, not the rule.
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I’ve always wondered how his name was actually pronounced, as Aramaic speakers. Doubt it was “Gee-zus.” In spanish speaking countries, it’s “Hey-zeus.”
Damn foreigner. Should have some English.
Jesus spoke any language he wanted...In fact, Jesus spoke every language...
From everything I have ever read, I think it was Jeshua, pronounce jeh’-shoe-ah,
If I’m not mistaken, Maronite Catholics still use Aramaic in their liturgy - not entirely, but in select portions.
Jesus, my gardener, speaks Spanish.
“Ive always wondered how his name was actually pronounced, as Aramaic speakers. Doubt it was Gee-zus. In spanish speaking countries, its Hey-zeus.”
According to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeshua the Aramaic name is Isho. That would make sense because I’ve seen it written in Arabic as Issa and Yeswa, probably following the Aramaic and Hebrew name.
Ask Maxine Waters, she knows more about religion than God.
Wiki neo-aramaic, sureth, turoyo, assyrian, all same, really.
He spoke truth.
Apparently it’s a dead language these days.
Hebrew & Aramaic is probably comparable to Church Latin & the vernacular languages in the Middle Ages. Spoken by the scribes and priesthood and kept as a type of guild secret to preserve its purity (charitable view) or to maintain power (cynical view).
The history in England of getting from the imposed and restricted Latin-language Bible to the predecessors of the King James Bible shows the absolute mania of the Church hierarchy to maintain a dependent populace and that might have been similar to Israel then. Lots of martyrs to the cause of allowing the individual to know the WORD.
A guy with the same name, but pronounced alittle different worked at Dilbert’s company for a few strips.
I think Wally betrayed him.
There was no such country as Palestine in the first century and onward. Palestine was a name not a country.
His name is Yeshua.
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