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Hebrew and Aramaic in the First Century

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In the first century C.E., Palestine was a country of many languages. A special element of multilingualism was provided by members of the Jewish Diaspora, who visited the land of their fathers and centre of their religion for pilgrimages or in order to study, and stayed for a while, forming their own separate communities and synagogues in which part of the liturgy and readings were in the language of their country of residence. The active use of the three major languages of Palestine in the first century C.E., Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, is well attested by written documents. In the literature produced and read in the first century C.E., the Hebrew language appears in several distinct forms. With the return of the exiles from Babylonia, a new Aramaic-speaking element was introduced. Most important, imperial Aramaic became an administrative language, and thus had to be learnt by the local upper classes.

Keywords: Aramaic; Babylonia; Hebrew; Jewish Diaspora; Palestine languages



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