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Myriam, Origins of Name

Q: What about other forms of Mary's name?

A: Myriam is the form used in the Hebrew Old Testament and Maryam in the Aramaic language. This becomes Mariam in the Greek translation of the Old Testament and Maria in the Greek New Testament. The Greek translation of the Old Testament, at least the bulk of it, was circulating at the time the foreword of Sir. (32: 2, 9) was written ca. 116 BC. This translation is known as the Septuagint (LXX). The Greek text of the New Testament goes probably back to the second century, at least in part.

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