[eDebate] The Passion: ans White/Chand
Sun Aug 3 14:49:42 CDT 2003
De-cloaking again, briefly...
At 01:45 PM 8/3/2003 -0400, Bob White wrote:
>Look, I don't mean to dump on Aramaic- as at least one of the
>above URLS I supplied above claims, it *was* the language spoken
>by Jesus and his pals on daily basis.
Actually, what you wrote originally was: "Not a good sign here....Greek
was the big language in that area back then...."
To me, that seems to suggest that you believe the film should have had the
actors speaking Greek instead of either Aramaic or Latin. I believe that
view is mistaken. The film chronicles the last 12 hours in the life of
Jesus. Given the characters and interactions portrayed, I think the
filmmaker's choice is a reasonable one.
As for the sources you cite, not one of them supports your argument. They
all suggest that koine Greek was commonly used to communicate with people
*who did not share a native language.* They do NOT say that Jews would
have spoken it *among themselves,* nor do they say that Roman soldiers and
politicians would have spoken it *among themselves.* At best, you can
argue that Romans and Jews might have employed koine *when speaking to each
other.* I haven't seen the film, so I have no idea how many scenes that
would involve. But to suggest that the producers of the film "got it
wrong" because they used Aramaic and Latin is absurd.
Similarly, when Dheeraj writes "Aramaic is not coming with it, sorry" he is
making the same (silly) mistake.
Frankly, I find this sort of nit-picking kind of annoying anyway, since NO
ONE involved in the thread has actually SEEN the film. Shouldn't we wait
until we've seen it before deciding on its quality or historical accuracy?
Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and...well, not so tall as I used to be,
Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School
St. Joseph, Missouri
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