Discussion in 'Questions for Christians (Q&A)' started by Seeker, Jun 8, 2012.
Actually there is a Hebrew manuscript of Matthew and a just recently discovered one of Revelation.
The New Testament is in Greek because Greek was the most widely spoken language in the Roman Empire and even as far east as India. This was the result of the conquests of Alexander the Great and his program of "Helenizing" the entire word by spreading Greek culture and language. The four generals who succeeded him continued that program for generations and the result was that, in the 2nd century BC, the Old Testament was translated into Greek so that Jews, who no longer understood the Hebrew of the scriptures, could read them in a language they understood.
But a more important result was that there was a common language in which the Gospel could be spread throughout the civilized world in a very short time. (Northern Europe to India in one generation)
iakov the fool
How do we know these NT books were originally in Hebrew and not Greek? There is some scholarship pointing to the Gospel of Matthew written originally in Hebrew and then Greek. See: http://hebrewgospel.com/Matthew Two Gospels Main Evidence.php.
George Howard did write a book, The Hebrew Gospel of Matthew. See HERE.
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