Friday, December 04, 2015

Greek in Hellenistic Palestine

LARRY HURTADO: Language Usage in Jewish Palestine: Epigraphic Evidence.
Walter Ameling draws upon epigraphical evidence to consider languages usage in Jewish Palestine in the Hellenistic and Roman periods in a data-rich recent essay: “Epigraphy and the Greek Language in Hellenistic Palestine,” Scripta Classica Israelica 34 (2015): 1-18. The thrust of his study is that from the Seleucid period onward Greek was widely used. As this publication won’t be readily available to some, I’ll give a few representative extracts.

Past posts on the related topic of the languages Jesus spoke are here, here, here, here, here, and links