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Knowledge of Hebrew Among Gentiles

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  • Ken Olson
    Does anyone know, or know where the issue is discussed, how many people who did not come from a Jewish or Samaritan background knew Hebrew in the centuries
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 4, 2006
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      Does anyone know, or know where the issue is discussed, how many people who
      did not come from a Jewish or Samaritan background knew Hebrew in the
      centuries immediately before and after Jesus? Origen learned it. Was he
      unique or highly unusual in that respect?

      Best,

      Ken

      Kenneth A. Olson
      MA, History, University of Maryland
      PhD Student, Religion, Duke University
    • goranson@duke.edu
      Perhaps the first article of these: C.J. Elliott, Hebrew Learning Among the Fathers Dictionary of Christian Biography 863-4; Hugo Gressman,
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 5, 2006
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        Perhaps the first article of these:

        C.J. Elliott, "Hebrew Learning Among the Fathers" Dictionary of Christian
        Biography 863-4; Hugo Gressman, "Juedisch-Aramaeisches bei Epiphanius," ZNW
        16 (1915) 191-7; Juergen Dummer, "Die Sprachkenntnisse des Epiphanius," Die
        Araber in der alten Welt, 5/1, 392-435 (F. Altheim ed., 1968); M.A. Levy,
        "Bemerkungen zu den arabischen Analekten des Herrn Prof. Hitzig," ZDMG 12
        (1958) 712; Ignaz Stern, "Elischa nd Elxai," Ben Chanania [Szsgedin] (1858)
        35-7; William Adler, review of Panarion part 1 trans. by F. Williams,
        JSPseudepigrapha 3 (1988) 101-4; J. Mordtmann "Dusares bei Epiphanius,"
        ZDMG 29 (1875) 492-3; on Arabic cf. Haer. 58.1.2; M. Sprengling's intro in
        J. Dean ed./trans. of Epiphanius Weights and Measures, Syriac version
        (Chicago, 1935); R. Pritz, Nazarene Jewish Christianity, 49; J. M. Lieu,
        "Epiphanius on the Scribes and Pharisees," JTS 39 (1988) 509-24.

        Stephen Goranson
        http://www.duke.edu/~goranson
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