> >Jesus may indeed have spoken Greek as well as Latin. Greek was the
> >international diplomatic language of the day, and most educated
> >people spoke it.
>The son of a village carpenter would probably not speak Greek, but
>Jesus may well have learned it in his later education.
So little is known about the childhood of Jesus that speculation is mostly
academic. However, "carpenter" might mean anything from the guy who nails
up the 2-by-sixes to the contractor. Nobody really knows. In any case, if
Joseph was so lowly, how would he have been able to afford the trip to
Bethlehem and the later trip to Jerusalem? Hotels weren't free back then,
either, especially around High Holy Days. I guess what I'm saying is, Jesus
might have gotten a pretty good secular education if Joseph was a
contractor, so he might have spoken several languages.
> PS Thank God (is that the right expression?) that we have been spared
> a 'Modern English' translation of the Gospels in which Jesus declares
> 'I am the A to Z'.
>Unfortunately we have not been spared all of it. The committees who
>foul up these things bring you the following wonderful translation of
>Ps 69 (Salvum me fac):
> Psalter New version
> Save me, O God : for the Help me O God because
> waters are come in, even the water is up to my
> unto my soul. neck.
Somthing I heard on the radio -- a Politically correct version of Psalm 23
"The non-gender-specific deity is my sheep-person;"
"Your pointy thing and your other pointy thing, they give me comfort."
Sadly, even though these were tongue-in-cheek, they aren't so far from the