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The Language Environment of First Century Judaea: Jerusalem Studies in the Synoptic Gospels—Volume Two
Buth, Randall and R. Steven Notley, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2014 pp. vi + 457. €161.00

Series Information
Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series, 26


Description: The articles in this collection demonstrate that a change is taking place in New Testament studies. Throughout the twentieth century, New Testament scholarship primarily worked under the assumption that only two languages, Aramaic and Greek, were in common use in the land of Israel in the first century. The current contributors investigate various areas where increasing linguistic data and changing perspectives have moved Hebrew out of a restricted, marginal status within first-century language use and the impact on New Testament studies. Five articles relate to the general sociolinguistic situation in the land of Israel during the first century, while three articles present literary studies that interact with the language background. The final three contributions demonstrate the impact this new understanding has on the reading of Gospel texts.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Other Methods

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Review by Steven Thompson
Published 6/9/2016
Citation: Steven Thompson, review of Randall Buth and R. Steven Notley, eds., The Language Environment of First Century Judaea: Jerusalem Studies in the Synoptic Gospels—Volume Two, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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