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Hebrew. 44 A WANDERING ARAMEAN IV. Hebrew Hebrew probably was the oldest language still spoken in first-century Palestine. We may speculate about the language that was spoken by the "wandering Aramean" (Deut 26:5) who returned from Egypt at the time of the conquest of Palestine. Was it Old Aramaic of the form known in the early inscriptions from northern Syria? Or had this semi-nomadic people already adopted the sëpat Kenacan of the inhabitants who preceded them? The likelihood is that the "nomad" was still speaking the tongue of his forebears (Ahlamë).

Hebrew. 44 A WANDERING ARAMEAN IV. Hebrew Hebrew probably was the oldest language still spoken in first-century Palestine. We may speculate about the language that was spoken by the "wandering Aramean" (Deut 26:5) who returned from Egypt at the time of the conquest of Palestine. Was it Old Aramaic of the form known in the early inscriptions from northern Syria? Or had this semi-nomadic people already adopted the sëpat Kenacan of the inhabitants who preceded them? The likelihood is that the "nomad" was still speaking the tongue of his forebears (Ahlamë).

SEG, 9. c. (SEG, 8. §246; Gabba §10): the dedication to Herod the Great on a statue from Bashan, dated ca. c. (0G/S§415: Gabba §12); the second-century list of priests of the temple of Zeus Olympics at Samaria (SEG. 8. §96); a second-century inscription about Antiochus Vll Sidetes from Acre(Y. H. Landau, IEJ 11 [1961] 118-26:.!. Schwärt/. IEJ 12 [1962] 135-36); the votive offering on an altar to Syrian gods, Hadad and Atargatis. from Ptolemais. C. (SEG, 18. §622). Y. H. Landau ("A Greek Inscription Found Near Hef/ibah," IEJ 16 [1966] 54-70) has published an unusual inscription recording orders issued by Antiochus III and his eldest son, the junior king Antiochus, for the benefit of Ptolemaios.

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