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Ong, Hughson T.
The Multilingual Jesus and the Sociolinguistic World of the New Testament.
Leiden u. a.: Brill 2016. 422 S. = Linguistic Biblical Studies, 12. Geb. EUR 115,00. ISBN 978-90-04-30315-7.
Benedict Thomas Viviano
This work is the published result of a dissertation at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, under the supervision of Stanley E. Porter. Hughson T. Ong became interested in the phenomenon of bilingualism because of his bilingual immigrant parents, Filipino and Chinese (250). Perhaps one should speak of trilingual parents, because of the role of English when they moved to Canada. Another key influence besides Porter is Eugene A. Nida (78).
The work consists of five chapters besides a brief introduction and a conclusion. The boldest claim of the book is that Jesus spoke mainly Greek rather than Aramaic and that his world was predominantly Greek speaking rather than Aramaic. This is both a historical claim and a cultural-religious claim. The book is method-driven rather than ...
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