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Translations Compared: Eastern or Western?
The problems I see with Aramaic primacy is the fact that most of the New Testament epistles (with the possible exception of Hebrews) were written to multi-lingual or Greek-speaking congregations (especially Paul). Why would Paul, bringing an important message to the churches to which he wrote, use a Eastern and Semitic language (for the whole letter) to write to a church that mainly consisted of Greek speakers? Paul, John, and Peter are all known to have spent time outside of Judea (Paul and John mostly) and would have most likely written their epistles in Greek. While I agree, some of the New Testament was probably written in Aramaic (likely Matthew and Hebrews), I find it hard to believe for the whole thing to have been written in Aramaic.

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Re: Translations Compared: Eastern or Western? - by ScorpioSniper2 - 10-23-2012, 03:57 AM

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