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What language did Jesus speak?

Didn't he speak Hebrew? He was Jewish.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Jan. 18, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Aramaic
    GoodMomma24-7

    Answer by GoodMomma24-7 at 7:58 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Jesus' spoke Aramaic, the common language of Galilee during his lifetime. Aramaic was an ancient Semitic language related to Hebrew much as French is related to Spanish or as Cantonese is related to Mandarin.
    sonnalynn

    Answer by sonnalynn at 8:04 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • I'm not really sure. I would guess whatever language was spoken in his area at the time. I would image that he did speak Hebrew as well since he was considered educated and could read from the Scriptures. (Or whatever language the Scriptures were kept in during his time.) The Bible never really does tell us. That is a question for a historian.
    PhoenixFire

    Answer by PhoenixFire at 8:04 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Jesus spoke Aramaic. The dialect daily spoken by Jesus and the disciples was Galilean Aramaic, which, as is noted in Matt. 26:73, was recognizably different from the southern dialect spoken in and around Jerusalem.

    He also spoke Hebrew. Which is really cool because only the upper class educated people of the time studied Hebrew. In Luke 4 Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, where he read a section of Isaiah (Luke 4:16-19). And when He did this everyone marveled at how He, being uneducated knew so much about the Scriptures!!!

    Some people even think He knew Greek, because He spoke to Greek speaking people in the gospels too. But He might have used a translator. Somehow though, I think with all the miracles He could perform, no language would be able to prevent Jesus from reaching out to someone in need, with all knowledge and power!!!
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 8:09 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Wow, thanks for the correction Cinnamon-mom. I've read through the Bible, but not closely enough to catch the mention of the language that was used. (Of course, I've only made it through once. It was a dry run and not an in-depth study. That is for this year.)
    PhoenixFire

    Answer by PhoenixFire at 8:12 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Arabic
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:26 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • 'Aramaic' is so much fun to say out loud.

    Watch Passion of the Christ. They speak Aramaic in it.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 10:26 PM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Some people even think He knew Greek, because He spoke to Greek speaking people in the gospels too.


    The version of the Hebrew Scriptures used by the Jews in that area at the time was written in Koine Greek (it's called the Septuagint or LXX).  Scholars have found that most of the OT quotes in the NT were from the Septuagint version of Hebrew scriptures.  So Jesus and the apostles probably read and spoke Greek as well.  (I studied Koine Greek back in college.)

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:55 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Aramaic, which is the same language we speak in Heaven and the same language those who speak in tongues speak.
    jenettyshome

    Answer by jenettyshome at 11:19 AM on Jan. 21, 2010

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