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What Language Did Jesus Speak?

March 30, 2020 in History

By Sarah Pruitt

While historians and scholars debate many aspects of Jesus’ life, most agree on what language he mainly spoke.

While scholars generally agree that Jesus was a , Jesus probably didn’t know more than a few words in Latin. He probably knew more Greek, but it was a common language among the people he spoke to regularly, and he was likely not too proficient. He definitely did not speak Arabic, another Semitic language that did not arrive in Palestine until after the first century A.D.

So while Jesus’ most common spoken language was Aramaic, he was familiar with—if not fluent, or even proficient in—three or four different tongues. As with many multilingual people, which one he spoke probably depended on the context of his words, as well as the audience he was speaking to at the time.

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