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Did Paul Speak Latin?

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This chapter is an exploration of the languages that Paul used, focusing upon one in particular, Latin. It re-introduces the question of whether Paul may have used Latin, and if he did where and when he would have used it. The chapter brings into the discussion and examines some of the indirect evidence that may indicate whether Paul had at least passive competence in Latin, if not active competence. It is a misconception to say that Greek was the language of the Greek or Hellenistic Paul and Aramaic and/or Hebrew the language of the Jewish Paul. The first line of evidence concerns Pauls own stated travel itinerary. The area that is called Illyricum, and later was called Dalmatia, was originally settled by a people who spoke one of the Indo-European languages.

Keywords: Aramaic; Dalmatia; Greek; Hebrew; Illyricum; Latin; Paul



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