According to the Hebrew Historian Josephus, Greek wasn't spoken in first century Israel. Josephus also points out the extreme rarity in terms of a Hebrew (a.k.a Judean) knowing Greek in first century AD. Josephus wrote:
Josephus' testimony on "Greek wasn't spoken in first century Palestine" and "the extreme rarity in terms of a Palestinian knowing Greek" are also arguments for "PeshittA Primacy" of the New Testament. But the real arguments are the TR passages that reading the Aramaic fixes, my favourite being Philemon 1:7 KJV. There are also a lot of word plays that show up in the Aramaic that are lost in the Greek. Although many of the examples would also hold in Hebrew, some of them do not."I have also taken a great deal of pains to obtain the learning of the Greeks, and understand the elements of the Greek language, although I have so long accustomed myself to speak our own tongue, that I cannot pronounce Greek with sufficient exactness; for our nation does not encourage those that learn the languages of many nations, and so adorn their discourses with the smoothness of their periods; because they llook upon this sort of accomplishment as common, not only to all sorts of free-men, but to as many of the servants as please to learn them. But they give him the testimony of being a wise man who is fully acquainted with our laws, and is able to interpret their meaning; on which account, as there have been many who have done their endeavors with great patience to obtain this learning, there have yet hardly been so many as two or three that have succeeded therein, who were immediately well rewarded for their pains."
(Antiquities of Judeans XX, XI.)
Raphael Lataster/Christopher Lancaster wrote a book called Was the New Testament Really Written in Greek1e
where he gives a long list of examples where he demonstrates PeshittA primacy - I find it convincing. The theological differences to the GNT are not huge, but are significant.
Take a look and see what you think. It's not a big book - you can read it in an evening.
Disclaimer: The author of this book has a download page that disclaims the book. His theology has now turned toward mythiscm, and his new book is called: "There was no Jesus, and there is no God."
PS: Questions in this thread from people who obviously haven't read the book will be ignored, and we don't reply to posts in this thread by StephenGoranson,Ulan as we do not see them.