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The Prestige Of Hebrew In The Christian World Of Late Antiquity And Middle Ages

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Saint Jerome, in his Letter 108, which is a life of the Roman aristocrat Paula, talks about the heroine's linguistic accomplishment. Generally speaking, knowledge of Hebrew, and Aramaic, was extinct in the Early Church, except for its Oriental, Aramaic-, and Syriac-speaking part. On the other hand, Christians were well aware of the fact that they were the spiritual children of the Israelites, that the older and larger part of Scripture had been written in Hebrew, and that Jesus and his disciples were Palestinian Jews who conversed in that language. This lent a stature to Hebrew that was never to be forgotten.

Keywords: Hebrew; Israelites; Palestinian Jews



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