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New Testament origially written in Hebrew

Q20 Prove NT was origially written in Hebrew ?

In the Bible, are three chapters where the Scriptures tell us how to read Scripture.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

When we first come to Jesus, we begin as "Babes" growing up on milky doses of the teachings. However, some have been babes all our life, for many, many years. Most of us fail to become mature. Why is that ?

Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Paul uses these scriptures in 1 Corinthians 14:21, because the Scriptures make a prophecy that the Hebrew tongue will become translated to new tongues so others can be refreshed. However since many of us are still "babes in Jesus" perhaps we do not hear the Scriptures talking so well, maybe because we read them in a different tongue?

1Co 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe "support", but to them that believe not "do not support"..

Therefore the Scriptures is plainly telling us the Greek latter rain teachings is a new tongue for Greeks, and is a translation from a Hebrew tongue. So what do we do if we do not hear, and are not refreshed, or find our Scriptures speak with stammering lips? Easy. Go to the original tongue in Hebrew, read the thoughts of God there, and than go back to your own tongue, and continue learning from there. Paul is talking about advice for those speaking new tongues, but such confusion equally applies to confusion in a written form as well.

The good news is, we can still read the New Testmanent in Hebrew, even though copies survive only in Greek, we simply read the Greek translation back to Hebrew because God made sure the LXX survived, and this is a bridge explaining both Hebrew and Greek languages.

Some may find this is too hard, so we learn to trust others to translate Scriptures for us. Is this a good idea? Trusting humans with our own salvation?

Now consider this evidence, that the New Testament was originally written in the Hebrew tongue.

Lu 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

From this verse we know Aramaic was not a common language in Jesus time, and only one of three main languages existed in Jesus time offically.This is Hebrew, Greek and Roman. Of these words, Greek and Roman appear in the NT once, and Hebrew appears 11 times. There is proof enough already, as well as the prophecy that the Hebrew tongue would be translated to other tongues as a refreshing for the Gentiles. (Isaiah 28:11 )

Now consider these NT Scriptures that use the "translation word":-

Joh 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep [market] a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

Why does John write about a pool in a Hebrew Name? Because John links this story to Sabbath...something Jews hold strict to...The Romans and the Greeks do not hold strictly to a Sabbath Rest,only Hebrews do, hence proof that this story confirms that Jesus was primarily concerned with human tradtions placed on Sabbath.

Joh 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

  • 16 And therefore did the Jews perse cute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

    If Jesus wasn't a Jew nor spoke Jewish matters, why does John pick this story out to write about ? Obviously Jesus was a Jew and spoke Hebrew,and was very familiar with Jewish customs and human traditions.

    Joh 19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

    Here the story is written in Hebrew, rather than left in Roman.

    Joh 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

    The time mentioned here is Jewish reckoning.

    Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

    So soon John yet again writes the place Jesus dies in Hebrew.

    Ac 21:40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    Here Paul who can speak Roman, Greek and Hebrew, choosing to speak to the people in Hebrew. Why Hebrew? Obviously the common people spoke Hebrew in Paul's time.

    Ac 26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    This verse above any other seals the deal for me, if Paul understood Roman, Greek and Hebrew, why does Jesus choose to speak in Hebrew to Paul?Obviously Jesus spoke Hebrew on the earth (no mention of Aramaic is there? ) and thus we can conclude the primary language of Scripture is Hebrew. You will note Paul was born a Roman citizen, lived in a Greek area, but was trained as a boy to speak Hebrew. Hebrew was his mother tongue and first language. And Jesus speaks to Paul in his mother tongue, Hebrew.

    And why does Jesus choose a Jew who also speaks Greek to carry the gospel to the Greeks? Because the gospel was orginally written in Hebrew and later spoken and written in Greek, is the obviously parallel of the man Paul.Jesus did not choose a disciple to replace Judas, who only spoke and knew Greek, Jesus chose a man who could speak both Hebrew and Greek, and such a man was very rare in Hebrew times. The Jews did not consider the languages of other nations.

    Re 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

    John writes both Hebrew and Greek names for this place.

    Re 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

    But here John only writes the place in Hebrew. Why only Hebrew? Obviously this language is primary.

    Re 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

    This picture tells us the scroll was written in Hebrew...Hebrew is written in the right hand and inscribed by the right hand. Greek would be written in the left handand written left to right. Hebrew is written in the right hand and written right to left. Thus John is saying here the one sitting on the throne with a scroll is writing in Hebrew.

    See more proof the New Testament Scriptures was orginally written in Hebrew.

    So why then do Churches read their Scriptures in English, trusting in the translator, rather than reading the Scriptures in Hebrew, the original language GOD wrote to man?

    Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

    12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

    Perhaps you cannot hear the Scriptures speaking to you, you have no refreshing, and the Scriptures speak with stammering lips? Maybe this is because your reading the Scriptures in a strange tongue? Trusting your translator too much?

    If you want to catch what GOD intended to say to man, you need to read Scripture in Hebrew, rather than a translation.

    Why today we have entire church doctrines founded on Greek translations, rather than considering the Scriptures in Hebrew words first.

    There are some Churches who scrap the entire Old Testament as old, and simply write their Church doctrines on Greek New Testament Scriptures, which really destroys things...when Jesus was on the earth,what Scriptures did He read and speak about ? The Old Testament was the only Scriptures in Jewish existence. That's like saying Jesus was a Greek and founded a Greek thinking gospel in Greek differently from the Jews,whom Jesus despised. But Jesus was not like this. Jesus was a Hebrew scholar, Jesus spoke Hebrew and read the Scriptures in Hebrew. The Jews saw Jesus as a common looking Jew. The gospel only went to the Gentiles becausethe Jews rejected Jesus gospel to them in Hebrew, that's why the Scriptures says in Isaiah 28:11 that the Hebrew tongue would go out in other tongues. This is why the Greek translations survive while the Hebrew New Testament scriptures do not.

    However a Hebrew Matthew survives...so not all Hebrew NT Scriptures is lost.

    The Syrian New Testament is written in Hebrew, and these survive in Hebrew even to this day. The Pessitta NT for example is well worth reading to learn how Hebrew Scriptures should read in the NT, but one needs to be careful, comparing it to our common received manuscripts in Greek. Shalom

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