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Bibil Identifier bibil:219756
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Criterion of Greek Language and Context: A response to Stanley E. Porter
Author Bird, Michael F.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Undefined link Jesus and the Use of Greek in Galilee
Undefined link Did Jesus ever Teach in Greek?
Undefined link The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research. Previous Discussion and New Proposals
Response article The Criterion of Greek Language and Its Context: A Further Response
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Language English
Pages 55-67 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay examines Stanley E. Porter's proposed new criterion of authenticity, the criterion of Greek language and context. This criterion attempts to recover the Greek words of Jesus embedded in the Gospels. Porter presents a robust case for a multilingual Palestinian environment and highlights the value of language tools for historical-Jesus study. Despite this, Porter's proposed new criterion is questionable for several reasons. (1) The character of the Jesus tradition is not conducive to a recovery of the purported Greek words of Jesus; (2) the extent that Greek was spoken in Galilee remains debatable; (3) Porter risks the fallacy of moving from the general to the particular; (4) the Greek-speaking background of Jesus' dialogue partners does not require that conversations transpired in Greek; and (5) Porter remains dependent upon additional criteria to establish the authenticity of a given logion or pericope.
DOI 10.1177/1476869006061778
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Greek
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus : Education
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