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When did the Hebrews stop speaking Hebrew and start speaking Aramaic?

A century ago, the overwhelming view of scholars was that Aramaic had entirely displaced Hebrew as a vernacular language well before the Roman conquest, probably around the Hellenistic Period of the ...
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Was Haman (who is mentioned the Book of Esther) a historical person?

Historians are pretty sure that the story contained in the Book of Esther is a work of fiction, and likely was always intended to be. So Haman, like most everyone else in the story, appears to be ...
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Was the Hebrew Bible modified and rewritten from Aramaic to Hebrew after the death of Jesus?

Question was heavily edited. Answer is therefore now in two parts. The second part actually depends on the first. 1 Original question Q Was the Hebrew Bible modified after the death of Jesus? Yes. ...
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Was the Hebrew Bible modified and rewritten from Aramaic to Hebrew after the death of Jesus?

The Bible is written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Koine Greek. The Hebrew Bible is the Bible in existence before Jesus, that is the Protestant Old Testament. So it predates incarnation of ...
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Where can I find information about Johannes Pohl?

German Wikipedia has a page on him, with references to books that mention him, and there's a more here and here. Google Books has Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany online with ...
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On the history of Jewish places of worship

The location and time period of Tel Arad seems most similar to the "high places" that the book of II Kings credits King Josiah of Judah with eliminating in favor of a single temple under royal ...
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What are the key Syriac pieces of literature?

The most interesting and most original book in Syriac is the "Dialogue on fate" by a pupil of Bardesan of Edessa (died AD 222). Here it is in a rather old-fashioned translation: http://www.tertullian....
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Regional Customs for Leaving a King's Presence

At least in prescriptive religious texts, Islam rejects the practice of bowing down to anyone but God, and the canonic report about the prophet’s delegation to Ethiopia specifically states that the ...
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Where can I find information about Johannes Pohl?

The book, "The Book Smugglers - Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis - The True Story of the Paper Brigade of Vilna" by David E. Fishman, deals extensively ...
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Where can I find information about Johannes Pohl?

With many thanks to @Marakai, the review of Maria-Kühn Ludewig's book on Johannes Pohl answers my question. It can be found here, and suggests that the claims of Roskies, etc, might have been mistaken:...
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Synagogue Scene in Der Ewige Jude: Looking for more information

The Torah is read Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; but it is also read on Rosh Hodesh (the first day of the new month), which could come any day of the week. It is also read on festivals and fast ...
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