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Discovering Languages Of The Bible

By Brian Kells

Today, almost everybody in the world can read the Bible in their own language. It probably is one of the oldest books. It was originally written in Greek and Hebrew. Languages of the Bible are countless today. This Holy Book was written by different authors and over a long period of time.

Its initial phase is said to have been first written by Moses whose native language was Hebrew. This took place when God handed down his commandments to Moses and commanded him to write them down. Hebrew is a Semitic language and was spoken in the part of the world where Moses and the Israelites resided, that is, Mesopotamia.

Another language that was used in the writing was Aramaic. Most books in the Old Testament were written in Hebrew, but Ezra and Jeremiah were recorded in Aramaic. Greek was used for the four Gospels and the balance of other books in the New Testament. At the time Aramaic was a widely spoken language in Israel, but Greek was chosen by the authors.

A majority of Jews could not speak Hebrew and for this reason, the Old Testament was eventually translated to Greek. This translation was accepted by many people. Greek was considered a language for scholars but still could be understood by many.

Greek was considered to be the language of scholarly people. However, some people who were used to the language written by Aristotle and Plato criticized this translation as common Greek was used by the scribes. With time, though, Greek became widely accepted. The Greek that was used could be understood by common people as intended by the Jewish leaders.

Many records of these ancient languages were recovered as recently as in 1947. However, these old copies are very few and well-preserved. During those times, the writings were sacred and hand-copying them was a painstaking process. The copied texts apparently agree with about ninety-eight percent of recent translations meaning they are accurate to a large extent.

Thanks to different religious organizations and even individuals that have undertaken to translate it, today the Bible can be read in many different tongues. This makes it easy for people understand the writing in it. News reports of Christian missions reveal how translations of the Bible have fueled the growth of the church. A lot of research is has been carried out on languages of the world and the need for more translations. It is still ongoing, and the languages of the Bible will certainly increase in number as time goes by.

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