What Language Did Jesus Speak?

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Three languages were very popular throughout the Middle East. That is Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek. In the areas Jesus lived, Aramaic was the common language and some scriptural references support this claim. So what language did Jesus speak? Let us find out.

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What Language Did Jesus Speak?

Jesus lived in Judea, Galilea and the common language was Aramaic. So Jesus and his disciples spoke Aramaic which was the traditional language of Judea in the first century AD. Some statements used in the Bible are evidence that Aramaic was the primary language of Jesus and his disciples. For example

  • Talitha koum (Mark 5:41)
  • ephphatha (Mark 7:34)
  • eloi eloi lama sabachthani (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
  • abba (Mark 14:36).

Did Jesus Speak Any Other Languages?

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Hebrew was mostly used by the scribes, teachers of the law, Pharisees, and Sadducees, the “religious elite.” This language was used in the synagogues. In his lifetime on earth, Jesus had a lot of encounters with the Pharisees and very possible to have used Hebrew to communicate with them. Another language used was Greek. This language was used by the Romans who at that time were ruling.

It is therefore possible that Jesus spoke three languages at that time which are Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek.

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