Hebrew Idiom in the Gospels

David Biven demonstrates that the Greek of the New Testament contains several signs of a Semitic background. While this is not demonstrative of an actual Hebraic text behind any of the New Testament, it is a strong indicator that to some degree, a Semitic/Hebraic tradition (either oral or written) was in place by the time the synoptic gospels were produced.

What this means for us today is that when exegeting the New Testament, we must keep this greater Semitic culture in mind. This culture utilized the Greek language of the day, but the ideas shaping the theology and the narratives of the gospels are decidedly Hebraic.

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