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  •  Latin, I'll Agree, is a Stretch (1+ / 0-)
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    The brief glimpse we get in Luke of Jesus' boyhood suggests that he had a deep interest in Scriptures and listened to the teachings of the rabbis he encountered whenever he could.  I don't find it implausible that such a boy would learn the language of the Torah as well as the Aramaic he probably spoke in daily life.

    As to knowing Greek, well I suppose that depends on exactly how insular a community he grew up in.  I know little about what First Century Nazareth was like and how much contact it had with nearby Gentile communities.  The (admittedly brief) source I looked up before starting this comment claims that it was located near a major trade route between Egypt and Mesopotamia, which may be relevant or not.

    It's unusual for a child in America to grow up knowing more than one language, but it's pretty much expected for a child in Switzerland.  Jesus was the son of a tradesman, who I suspect did business with all sorts of people and I don't think it's too outlandish to suggest that Jesus encountered folks who spoke Greek.

    As for Latin... well... if we're going to credit him with Divine Omniscience then we can say that Jesus spoke Latin, Aztec and Esperanto, but I think that lies outside the bounds of this discussion.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:57:27 AM PDT

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    •  probably not relevant since he was not a son (1+ / 0-)
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      of a merchant but of a craftsman.  There is a question as to how much business a devout First Century Jew would have had with Gentiles.  I think examination of the Jewish texts of the era would reveal that Jews were generally exhorted to remain with their own and not to mingle with the non Jewish world.

      the great dispute between Paul and Peter was based on if a Christian were first and foremost a Jew or if a Gentile could be a Christian without first becoming a Jew.

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