[tc-list] Semitic Original
- Dave Washburn said,
> I would also suggest that the Greek of the NT shows noYour kidding right?
>signs of being translation Greek.
When we turn to the New Testament we find that
there are reasons for suspecting a Hebrew or Aramaic
original for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John
and for the apocalypse.
- Hugh J. Schonfield; An Old Hebrew Text
of St. Matthew's Gospel; 1927; p. vii
The material of our Four Gospels is all Palestinian,
and the language in which it was originally written
is Aramaic, then the principle language of the land...
-C. C. Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936 p. ix
In regard to Lk. it remains to be said, that of all the
Four Gospels it is the one which gives by far the plainest
and most constant evidence of being a translation.
- C.C. Torrey ibid p. lix
Thus it was that the writer turned seriously to tackle
the question of the original language of the Fourth Gospel;
and quickly convincing himself that the theory of an
original Aramaic document was no chimera, but a fact
which was capale of the fullest verification...
- Charles Fox Burney; The Aramaic Origin
of the Fourth Gospel; 1922; p. 3
...the Book of Revelation was written in a Semitic language,
and that the Greek translation... is a remarkably close
rendering of the original."
- C. C. Torrey; Documents of the Primitive Church
1941; p. 160
We come to the conclusion, therefore that the Apocalypse
as a whole is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic...
- RBY Scott; The Original Language of the Apocalypse
1928; p. 6
Let us then add:
The pioneer in this study of Aramaic and Greek relationships was
Charles Cutler Torrey (1863-1956),... His work however fell short
of completeness; as a pioneering effort, in the nature of the case,
some of his work has to be revised and supplemented. His main
contention of translation, however, is undeniably correct. ...
The translation into Greek from Aramaic must have been made from
a written record, including the Fourth Gospel. The language was
Eastern Aramaic, as the material itself revealed, most strikingly
through a comparison of parallel passages. ...
One group [of scholars], which originated in the nineteenth century
and persists to the present day , contends that the Gospels
were written in Greek...
Another group of scholars, among them C. C. Torrey ... comes out
with the proposition that the Four Gospels... including Acts up to
are translated directly from Aramaic and from a written Aramaic
My own researches have led me to consider Torrey's position
valid and convincing that the Gospels as a whole were translated
from Aramaic into Greek.
THE ARAMAIC ORIGIN OF THE FOUR GOSPELS; KTAV; 1979; Frank Zimmerman
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