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Nov
19
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
I guess we may have to continue our discussion here. The identity of a language can be identified through its definite article. Let me take the word "the studio." "The studio" is English, because of English definite article "The." The same word "studio" is also in Italian. In Italian, "the studio" will become "lo studio." lo is Italian definite article for studio. So through definite article, the language can identified regardless of its dialects. That is the same case with Hebrew and Aramaic. Golgotha (transliterated Aramaic word in John 19:17) will become "Ha Gulgoleth" in Hebrew.
Nov
19
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
(continuation) Yadin points out that however early documents of Bar Kokhba (132 AD to early 133 AD) are entirely in Aramaic. Babatha documents (93 AD to 132 AD) are government documents about Jewish woman named Babatha. All of the documents are written in either Greek or Aramaic (includes Nabatean Aramaic). But none of them are in Hebrew. The last document of Babatha is dated August 19, 132 AD the year Bar Kokhba revolt began. I think we should move to chat room since the posts are getting too long.
Nov
19
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
I myself speak Aramaic. So I myself know the difference between Aramaic and Mishnaic Hebrew. But for the sake of discussion, let's discuss the subject. Notice the fact that Josephus points out that how Parthians and Babylonians knew accurately about Jewish Wars through Josephus's work before he translated it into Greek. We know Parthians and Babylonians spoke Aramaic. Yigael Yadin also points out that out of 4 Hebrew letters he found at Nahal Hever, 3 of them are in Mishnaic Hebrew (usually from 134 to 135 AD of Kokhba revolt) - [The Biblical Archaeologist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Sep., 1961)].
Nov
19
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
There are couple of problems with your points. You never say Bezetha in Mishnaic hebrew. The definite article of Hebrew ("Ha") is always at the beginning of the word. So if I loan Aramaic word "Bezetha" into Mishnaic Hebrew, then Aramaic word "bezetha" will become "Ha Bezeth" in Mishnaic Hebrew. Also in Mishnaic Hebrew, the word for the field is Sh'deh. Not Aramaic word "Khqel." We clearly read that the field of blood is called "Akel Dama" (transliteration of Aramaic words "Khqel Dama") by all the inhabitants of Jerusalem in Acts 1:19 which can only be Aramaic. Never be Mishnaic Hebrew.
Nov
7
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
what is time machine chatroom for?
Nov
3
comment When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?
That's based on the calculations of scholars. From what I read, they haven't given specific reasons why some says it is 586 BCE and some says it is 587 BCE. That's why I went forward and decided to give the information provided by Jewish Historian Josephus who was also a Jewish Priest from Second Temple Period.
Nov
2
comment When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?
I think you are talking about this - "1109/1108-1108 BC - King David." I will add how I got that to the post so that no one will get confused.
Nov
2
comment When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?
The years Scholar give for the destruction of Jerusalem is around 587/586 BC which is only few years different from 591/590BC period. So we can conclude that the second possibility is far more closer to the view of the scholars.
Nov
2
comment When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?
Niclas, I will try to explain more in detail. Aside from being a Jewish Historian, We know that Josephus was also a Jewish Priest.
Nov
1
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
I tried to condense it. But this is the best I can do. This is because I wanted to show that the spoken language of Josephus was Aramaic and Greek as his second language. But never Hebrew. Josephus only had the knowledge of using Old Hebrew for religious purposes. But never conversationally. Again, I deeply apologize for my post being too long.
Mar
14
comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
That's fine, Darek. What happen was I was going to post it as konwayk. For some reason, some interference occured and it ended up as user2013 and the post was unfinished. So I want the user2013 post deleted too. My second post contains all of the necessary details.