Hoyland's talk centered around which language was Ajami. He assumed it was Aramaic bc they were present "in the Hijaz".
Yes, according to him.
If Petra was the cult center he would expect Greek to have been " Ajami".
'm trying to get a bit what Hoyland was saying... A lot or not much, I'm still in doubt.
It is not really clear, especially his translation of 2:198-99.
Not much that I know of. The churches to the North of Hijaz (Arabah, Dead Sea region) seemed to have Greek as liturgical language. Or is there proof of the contrary?
Never heard of Arabah. In Nessana, Arabs are Chalcedonians and the liturgical language is Greek.
I know that the Jews of the Dead sea area seemed to be using rather Aramaic.
The Jews were in the north : Tiberias and used Aramaic.
Did Hoyland presume this was a given to his audience?
he probably thinks so.