The Language Environment of First Century Judaea (Brill)

AJCO is very pleased to announce the publication of The Language Environment of First Century Judaea: Jerusalem School Studies in the Synoptic Gospels—Volume Two ( which was edited by Randall Buth and AJCO’s director R. Steven Notley. Here is a description of the volume as well as the Table of Contents:

The articles in this collection demonstrate that a change is taking place in New Testament studies. Throughout the twentieth century, New Testament scholarship primarily worked under the assumption that only two languages, Aramaic and Greek, were in common use in the land of Israel in the first century. The current contributors investigate various areas where increasing linguistic data and changing perspectives have moved Hebrew out of a restricted, marginal status within first-century language use and the impact on New Testament studies. Five articles relate to the general sociolinguistic situation in the land of Israel during the first century, while three articles present literary studies that interact with the language background. The final three contributions demonstrate the impact this new understanding has on the reading of Gospel texts.

Sociolinguistic Issues In a Trilingual Framework
1. Guido Baltes, “The Origins of the “Exclusive Aramaic Model.”
2. Guido Baltes, “The Use of Hebrew and Aramaic.”
3. Randall Buth and Chad T. Pierce, “Hebraisti”
4. Marc Turnage, “The Linguistic Ethos of Galilee”
5. Serge Ruzer, “Syriac Authors”

Literary Issues In a Trilingual Framework
6. Daniel A. Machiela, “Hebrew, Aramaic Translation”
7. Randall Buth, “Distinguishing Hebrew from Aramaic.”
8. R. Steven Notley, “Non-LXXisms”

Reading Gospel Texts in a Trilingual Framework
9. R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey P. Garcia “Hebrew-Only Exegesis”
10. David N. Bivin, “Petros, Petra”
11. Randall Buth, “The Riddle”



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