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comment Languages spoken by Josephus?
@T.E.D. Redondo refers to BJ 1.3 as evidence for Aramaic as Josephus' mother tongue (Josephus says the text was originally composed in his mother tongue). Rajak also thinks Aramaic is meant there (but note that Josephus doesn't explicitly state this, we can only assume it based on the original audience for the text). The trouble is, as Rajak points out, elsewhere (BJ 5.361) Josephus says the Romans sent him to talk to the besieged Jews 'in his native tongue' and it is possible Hebrew is meant. Erring on the side of caution, we can't rule out that Josephus was equally capable in both languages.
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