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In which language did Pontius Pilate communicate with Jesus?

There is reason to believe that the language Pilate communicated with Jesus was Greek. After all it was the language of commerce at that time throughout the Mediterranean world. Let us not forget that ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

The language has certainly changed. As such, translations into modern Greek are used. Today's Greek Bible is often used, and translations by the Hellenic Bible Society have the Blessing and Approval ...
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What were the original languages of the Nicene Creed?

The lingua franca of the world during the early years of Christianity was Greek. Latin was the official language of Rome and used throughout the Empire for some official business, but even Rome used ...
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When did the Church in the West begin communicating in Latin, instead of Greek?

The first major Christian theologian to write primarily in Latin was Tertullian (155–240): his association with a heretical movement is all that prevents him from being universally considered the ...
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Does Christianity recommend learning other languages or dealing with non-christians?

Most Christian denominations accept, at least in some part, the teaching of what we call The Great Commission. There are many proof verses for this, but one of the most common is this: Matthew 28:...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

Why has the Catholic Church adopted the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus? Before going on I would simply like to point out two things. First of all that the Language that ...
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Do all Catholic seminary schools require instruction in Latin and/or Greek?

Do all Catholic seminary schools require instruction in Latin and/or Greek? Not all Catholic seminaries require their seminarians to learn Latin unfortunately. Greek is often an elective in many ...
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What is the Biblical Basis against the use of profanity?

Given your clarification, I would start by pointing out Ephesians 4 and 5 as condemning cussing. Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification ...
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How would I write Jesus in in ancient Aramaic?

How to print out Jesus is God in Aramaic specifically the Aramaic Christ spoke? The dialect of Aramaic Jesus spoke with his disciples was very different than the dialect of Aramaic spoken at Jerusalem....
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Why the Western European style names?

They are not "Western European" names per se, instead these names are common in Western Europe, America, etc. specifically because they spread along with Christianity. Names are transliterated ...
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In which language did Pontius Pilate communicate with Jesus?

Assuming they spoke without a translator, they almost certainly used Greek (Koine or common version). The Romans greatly respected Greek culture from who they derived so much of their culture, all ...
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What language(s) was Christ likely to have spoken during his mortal ministry?

The answers to this question will vary according to the various perspectives. Nevertheless, it is thought by some that Jesus spoke only Aramaic. St. Thomas Aquinas seems to be of this opinion also: ...
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What version of the bible do Greek speaking Christians use?

The majority of Greek-speaking Christians (Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the diaspora) belong to the Orthodox Church. While some sectarians (i.e. non-Orthodox) may use some other text, to my knowledge ...
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Do exorcisms need to be performed in a particular language?

Do exorcisms need to be performed in a particular language? The short answer is no. It may be true that the Devil and his agents hate the use of Latin within the Roman Rite, but an exorcism may be ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

Just like English, French, and German are the languages of choice in Protestant seminaries starting in the 19th centuries because the scholars speak those languages, the Western half of the Roman ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

Psalm 119 may have been an influence, the presentation of each Hebrew letter heading the twenty two sections of the Psalm. I have always taken this as a demonstration of reverence for the word of God, ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

In 2010 I found this interpretation of the meaning of the Tetragrammaton as given by a Messianic Jew: YHVH : יהוה Yod - י hand Hey - ה Open Window, to reveal Vav - ו Nail / Tent ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

The idea that individual letters mean something is very old. Judaism has always regarded Hebrew as a sacred language, the medium of divine communication. For millennia, its sages and mystics have ...
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How did Moses speak to the children of Israel & write the Torah if he was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians?

Moses’ mother, Jochebed was the daughter of a Levite, and she married Amram, another Levite (Exodus 2:1). The Hebrew midwives refused to participate in the infanticide decreed by the Pharaoh (Exodus ...
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How did Moses speak to the children of Israel & write the Torah if he was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians?

Let me give the simple answer. "Learned in the ways of the Egyptians" does not imply that he wasn't also learned in the ways of his own people as well. Many Egyptians would have known the ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

The Latin language was sanctified by being nailed to the Holy Cross along with Hebrew and Greek: Luke 23:38And there was also a superscription written over him in letters of Greek and Latin and ...
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How did Rahab speak the language spoken by Joshua’s spies

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived in Canaan before the Hebrew people moved to Egypt. Moses lived for forty years in Midian before he led the people into the desert. During the wandering in the desert, ...
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Why use Yeshua instead of Jesus?

Why use Yeshua instead of Jesus? Besides the simplest and most obvious reason for doing so is because we can, I will give you the reason why I do this myself when I am alone and not hindered by being ...
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Why are missionary priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in the vernacular?

Why are missionary priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in the vernacular? I could also ask the question: Why are traditional priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in Latin? The problem here ...
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Do the teachings of Catholic Church prohibit the use of “Amen” for purposes other than prayers?

Do the teachings of Catholic Church prohibit the use of “Amen” for purposes other than prayers? The short answer is no. First of all, Our Lord employed Amen outside of prayer. Amen, amen I say unto ...
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Are there any examples of sarcasm in the bible?

Matthew 11:7-8 Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft ...
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Are there any examples of sarcasm in the bible?

The verse you cited immediately leads to an example. When Nathaniel, having just said "nothing good can come out of Nazareth," meets Jesus: John 1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said ...
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When did the older English spelling of the endings of Isaiah and Elijah stop being used in the Catholic Church?

The Latin Vulgate, which was translated by St. Jerome from Hebrew and Greek originals, used -as rather than -ah as a suffix for certain Hebrew names (apparently those ending in -yah in Hebrew). The ...
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Is Latin considered a holy language in the Catholic Church?

I would like to be more explicit on the content of the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia, which Ben mentions above. This document, written by Pope John XXIII in 1962, and subtitled "On the ...
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What is the reasoning for Latin being the official language of Catholic Mass?

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained (1902) by Fr. Nikolaus Gihr writes in the first footnote of §32, "The Language Used in the Celebration of the ...
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