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The first Christians in Palestine were practically without exception Jews. Therefore the answer to the question as to how much Greek they knew must be based mainly on an investigation into the knowledge of Greek among the Palestinian Jews about the beginning of the Christian era. Although an investigation into the knowledge of Greek among the first Christians in Palestine coincides for the most part with the study of the knowledge of that language among the Jews in that period, it also requires an exegesis of certain data in the writings of the New Testament. One is inherent in the fact that all the books of the New Testament were written in Greek, and hence the decision about the possibility whether one given person could have written one or more of them is determined in part by the amount of knowledge of Greek he can be presumed to have had.

Keywords: Christians; Greek; New Testament; Palestinian Jews

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