Papias: Ματθαῖος μὲν οὖν Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ τὰ λόγια συνετάξατο
Posted: May 22nd, 2018, 12:46 pm
I'm surprised I couldn't find a discussion of this on B-Greek.ταῦτα μὲν οὖν ἱστόρηται τῷ Παπίᾳ περὶ τοῦ Μάρκου· περὶ δὲ τοῦ Ματθαῖου ταῦτ’ εἴρηται· Ματθαῖος μὲν οὖν Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ τὰ λόγια συνετάξατο, ἡρμήνευσεν δ’ αὐτὰ ὡς ἧν δυνατὸς ἕκαστος.
Stephen Carlson translates this as Hebrew manner of speech:
Several other translations say "in the Hebrew language".Now this is reported by Papias about Mark, but about Matthew this was said, Now Matthew compiled the reports in a Hebrew manner of speech, but each interpreted them as he could.
What are the arguments for each of these translations? Are other translations also worth considering? Where can I find good articles on how best to interpret this and the best arguments for / against a Hebrew original for Matthew?