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in which language bible is written for the first time?

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The Old Testament refers to its language in two ways. It is called the “language of Canaan” (Isaiah 19:18) and the “Jews’ language” (cf. 2 Kings 18:26, 28; Nehehmiah 13:24; Isaiah 36:11). It is not referred to as “Hebrew” until around 130 B.C. (prologue to the apocryphal Ecclesiasticus). Exodus 34:27 records God's words to Moses, "Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." And what language did he use? He wrote in his native language, called Hebrew. What ever oral traditions the Jews had before were replaced by Gods word to Moses. Most likely he wrote on papyrus, the oldest known dates back to 2400 B.C.(Harold J. Greenlee, Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. copyrighted 1964) The use of papyrus lasted until about A.D. 19/20.

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