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While we're on this religious topic, here's something interesting. It's an recently done National Geographic special taking an inside look into the Vatican.
This is really good stuff. Very smart guy. Some of his arguments are specious and I don't agree with his conclusions, but he does bring to light a lot of cultural perspective that are lost to history and biblical translation. It's pretty well established that the NT was written mainly in Greek (since that was the lingua franca of the known ancient world) and Aramaic (very similar to Hebrew). See the Amazon reviews of his book for more detail: http://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Yeshua-vs- ... ewpoints=1
On an interesting note, you may not be aware that the Old Testament you commonly see today is based on what are called the "Masoretic Texts" and were compiled into the current OT around the year 900AD/CE. During the time of Jesus and the Apostles, the Tanakh/Torah that they knew, quoted, and referred to was the GREEK Scriptures, written well before Jesus' time. That Greek translation of the OT is called the Septuagint (written by a team of 70 Jewish scholars). The reason for it to be compiled in Greek was for the same reason that the NT was written primarily in Greek: to reach as large of audience as possible. Many Jews even in Jesus' day were already in diaspora and no longer could read or understand Hebrew and needed Greek (the lingua franca) to understand their own scriptures. Only the Orthodox Church uses and recognizes the Septuagint in liturgical settings today (that I'm aware of).