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Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Romans: Originally Written in Latin?

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

11. Although writing to the Romans, Paul did not write in Roman or Latin, but in Greek.



Although writing to the Romans, Paul wrote in Greek, not in Roman or Latin, as the Syrian Scholiast contends: for the Greek Tongue was in daily use by all Romans, even women, as we learn from Juvenal:[1] but to foreigners abiding at Rome it was even more well-known than Roman. It is to be added that this Epistle, although inscribed and sent to the Romans, was intended for the well-being of the entire Church. As Cicero says in For Archias, Now, Greek is read in almost all nations: Latin is contained within its own, tight borders.

[1]Satire 6. Decimus Junius Juvenalis was a Roman poet, flourishing at the turn of the second century.



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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Feb 26, 2021

Bernardinus De Moor, Didactico-Elenctic Theology, volume 2, "Concerning Holy Scripture" (https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/steven-dilday/de-moors-didactico-elenctic-theology-chapter-ii-concerning-the-principium-of-theology-or-holy-scripture/hardcover/product-1kwqk6r6.html?page=1&pageSize=4): "Moreover, our AUTHOR rejects the tradition of THE GOSPEL OF MARK, and THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS, written in Latin.



That Mark had written his Gospel in Latin for the satisfaction of the Romans, and indeed at Rome, Baronius contends in his Annalibus on 45 AD, § 38-41, columns 390, 391, appealing to the Pontifical of Damasus[1] on the Life of Peter; and especially making use of this reasoning, 1. that there was no reason on account of which Mark as the translator of Peter, writing for the satisfaction of the Romans and Italians, would write in Greek rather than Latin; especially since by the authority and…


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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Apr 27, 2021
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Ron, I didn't touch upon it (not really suitable for a survey class). In any event, the idea is little more than a historical curiosity.

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Feb 26, 2021

New Testament Survey! www.fromreformationtoreformation.com/new-testament-survey

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