Was the New Testament (Brit Chadashah)
written in Hebrew?
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Was the New Testament (Brit Chadashah) written in Hebrew?
Kevin from Cleveland asks:
Dear Pastor Reuben,
I have heard that it is now thought that the New testament was written not only in Greek but, also Hebrew. Possibly Hebrew first. Is this true?
Pastor Reuben's Answer:
Dear Kevin, shalom,
Many scholars in Israel are now convinced that the spoken and written language of the Jews in the Land of Israel at the time of Jesus was indeed Hebrew; and that the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) were derived from original Hebrew sources.
These scholars, fluent in both Greek and Hebrew, have proposed impressive solutions to major problems of New Testament interpretation. Important discoveries which they have made serve to illuminate the very Hebrew style of speech used by Jesus and his first followers, and to make possible a more accurate translation of the Gospels. With a new understanding of the language Jesus spoke, they are now able to correct numerous mistranslations in the English text of the New Testament.
Professor David Flusser of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the world's leading Jewish authority on the New Testament and early Christianity, holds strongly to the view that the life of Jesus was originally composed in Hebrew.
Dr. Moshe Bar-Asher, also of Hebrew University and their foremost Aramaic scholar, agrees. He thinks the Synoptic Gospels go back to a Greek translation of an original Hebrew (not Aramaic!) document.
scholars from outside Israel also have arrived at this conclusion.
Harris Birkeland, a Norwegian, states, "The
Language of the common people in Palestine in the time of Jesus was
Hebrew." William Sanford LaSor, professor
emeritus at Fuller theological Seminary
An impressive amount of evidence points to the use of Hebrew in first-century Israel: the testimony of the church fathers, the Dead Sea Scrolls, coins, and inscriptions from the first centuries B.C. - A.D., the writings of Josephus, and Rabbinic Literature.
1. Jewish New Testament by David Stern ISBN 965-359-006-5
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