Yes, the more I look at itFebruary 7 2009 at 10:58 AM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to He spoke
There's a high probability that Greek was Jesus' first language. It depends on where he was born and of what persuasion he was.
The Hasmonean dynasty (the Jewish independent kingdom established under the Macabees) was coming to naught in 63 BC when Pompey of Rome came in and sided with one of the Hasmonean brothers to end their own civil war. That gave Rome effective control of the Jewish region. Pompey took the northern region (sort of Syria) from the Macedonians and so that became part of the Roman Empire as well. To the east of Galilee was the Decapolis region which was highly biased toward's Greek culture. Then, the region of Samaria and Galilee had ALREADY been called "the way of the Gentiles".
Long story short ..............
The Hasmonean Kingdom TRIED to make their own Israel into a Hebrew state. However, they faced opposition from all around themselves and from the region of Samaria (internal) too. That split the people into "true" Jews and "Hellenist" Jews.
Since Jesus was active in Galilee and Samaria, it could well be that he preferred the more open outlook of Greek and bilingualism.