First Languages & the Holy Bible

@mythociate (15568)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 19, 2015 9:34am CST
I've heard that the original language of the Holy Bible was-Hebrew (or Aramaic, a form of Hebrew) in the Old Testament & -Greek and/or Latin and/or Aramaic (as that last one's what Jesus spoke, as seen in Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) in the New Testament. I'm not sure whether it was Greek or Latin (or both) that most of the New Testament was written-in. I'm thinking it was Greek, but Martin Luther made a big deal out of translating it into all languages from the Latin (indicating that--at one time--all Scripture was in Latin). Is there anything you know about languages used in the Holy Bible?
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
19 Nov 15
You can find a good answer here:
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
19 Nov 15
... and a longer answer here:
The original languages of the Bible are three: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. If one wishes to be a careful student of the Scriptures, he will want to do some research concerning the biblical languages.
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@mythociate (15568)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20 Nov 15
So how do you discern between alternate meanings there?
@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
21 Nov 15
@mythociate Only with difficulty and good scholarship, sometimes. There are a few times when a word is used which is either very rare or obscure or where it may have different meanings, depending on context or time. In that case, the average reader has to rely on the knowledge and research of scholars. A case in point is the word mentioned in one of those pages to describe the coat which Joseph wore. It is, apparently, a word which is found nowhere else and may have a number of meanings, though it's usually translated as "of many colours".