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re: Re: The Language Question

The Greek substantive, "(H)ebrais" only occurs three times in the NT, all in 
Acts (21:40; 22:2; 26:14) and always in conjunction with the adjective 
"dialekto(i)" i.e. "in the Hebrew dialect."  The adverbial "(H)ebraisti" ("in 
the Hebrew language") occurs five times in the Fourth Gospel (5:2; 
19:3,17,20; 20:16) and twice in the Apocalypse (9:11; 16:16).  

Judith Wegner is correct in identifying Mark 5:41 (Talitha Cum) as Aramiac.  
But Hellenistic Magical Papyri witness cultic rituals, e.g., magical healing 
ritual, that Jesus' words and actions conform to in Mark 5.  Sanders and 
Davies (_Studying the Synoptic Gospels_, 267) have identified five elements 
common to the magical ritual, including speaking in a foreign language.  If 
Aramaic were not the common language of Jesus, he may still have employed it 
in ritual incantation such as the Marcan context reveals.  What his reasons 
would have been to imitate magical procedures remains satisfactorily 
Dennis Stoutenburg, Providence