Bilingualism, Diglossia and Literacy in First-Century Jewish Palestine
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Abstract

Four languages were used in one form or the other in 1st-century Jewish Palestine: Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew and Latin. Aramaic was the first language of most of the Palestinian Jews, the so-called ‘Hebrews’. Greek was the first language of the Diaspora Jews and of the Hellenized Jews of Palest…

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Mark Janse, “Bilingualism, Diglossia and Literacy in First-Century Jewish Palestine”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000107>
First published online: 2013



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