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The Quality of the Greek of Luke-Acts

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This chapter is written from the standpoint that St. Luke, who is "a conscious artist" and "the most versatile of all NT writers" owes little of his Semitic style to his sources, and more to the peculiar language of Biblical or Jewish Greek which he shared with the LXX. It was part of his advanced theology to see the life of Jesus on earth in relation to that life in glory, and this may account for another strong element in the language, the peculiar Christian quality. St. Luke shares with the other evangelists some Aramaisms, most of which are also Hebraisms and may simply be a part of Jewish Greek. However, there is the question whether they have come into Luke-Acts by means of Aramaic sources. Plummer attributed the phenomenon of St. Luke's varying kinds of Greek to some causes.

Keywords: Aramaic sources; Biblical Greek; Jewish Greek; Luke-Acts; NT writers; Semitic style

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