A wandering Aramean: collected Aramaic essays by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

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It is not great literature, no more than the Aramaic literature of the time; even the War Scroll and the Thanksgiving Psalms are scarcely exceptions to this, though they are the most literary pieces in the Qumran scrolls. C. 100 They are literary compositions, reflecting on earlier stages of the sect's history and interpreting the biblical books in the light of that history and of the sect's beliefs. Along with the rest of Qumran Hebrew, the language of these texts represents a slight development beyond that of the late books of the OT.

This question, however, is related to the others about the Semitic language that he used, and I shall return to it later. However, what evidence there is that he used Greek yields at most a probability; if it be used to insist that we might even have in the Gospels some of the ipsissima verba lesu graeca, actually uttered by him as he addressed his bilingual Galilean compatriots,57 then the evidence is being pressed beyond legitimate bounds. The other remark concerns the researches and studies of such scholars as S.

H. Landau ("A Greek Inscription Found Near Hef/ibah," IEJ 16 [1966] 54-70) has published an unusual inscription recording orders issued by Antiochus III and his eldest son, the junior king Antiochus, for the benefit of Ptolemaios. the military governor (στρατη-γός) and high priest (ap\itptv<;) of Coele-Syria and Phoenicia, along with the memoranda sent by Ptolemaios to the king. c. Part of the orders include the royal instruction to record them on stone stelae or white tablets in the villages. The foregoing list scarcely pretends to be exhaustive for this period.

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