Aramaic: A Language For All People


Aramaic:  A Language For All People

It started out as the language of administration in the ancient Persian Empire, and the most widespread Semitic language in the Middle East, until the advent of Arabic.  It is the language the Talmud was written in, and a language of liturgy for Judaism and Maronite Christianity.  It is a vernacular for Kurdistani Jews and Assyrian Orthodox living on the corridor from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.  It was the language of Jesus Christ, and when you say the individual letters, they are exactly the same as you say them in Hebrew.  Shlama to the World of Aramaic.

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Comment by Tim Upham on August 11, 2013 at 5:42am

Kol Nidre is sung in Aramaic, the Torah is written in Hebrew, but both are used in the most sacred holiday in Judaism, Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement.  Yom Kippur this year, will start on September 13th, and the spirit of what Yom Kippur celebrates permeates into the present Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

. . . and they shall declare:  'Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.  Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, Lord, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person.'  Then the bloodshed will be atoned for, and you will have purged from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 21:7-9

The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations are going to ride very high on reconciliation and forgiveness.

Comment by Eyal Raviv on August 10, 2013 at 3:05pm


Comment by Tim Upham on September 15, 2012 at 8:40pm

Actually, three books of the Bible were written in Aramaic, they are the books of Ezra, Jeremiah, and Daniel.  What is known as the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the New Testament was written in Greek.  That is the reason why it is known as the Bible, because it comes from the Greek work "Biblos," which means "Book."  Also, Yeshua Messiah is known by the Greek name Jesus Christos, or what is better known as Jesus Christ.  I have not read Aramaic, so I would not be an expert on how pleasing it is to read.

Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on September 15, 2012 at 2:37pm

 In Hebrew the language of the Bible is very poetic (mostly). It is very similar to the Aramaic in many ways.
As for the English - I did read some, but since it is not my mother-tongue I cant judge - it is strange to me.. 

Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on September 15, 2012 at 1:40pm

in what way, Sussn?  

Comment by Tim Upham on September 1, 2012 at 9:04pm

I am not aware if we have any rabbis or Christian Maronite priests on this website.  But if we do, I can sure use their help.  Because the religious interpretations I see people submit at times, sounds more like something out of "Mein Kampf."  I got on-line with a Muslim cleric one time, and they really explained to me the difference between Sunnite and Shiite Islamic law.  Taqiyya is strong pertained to in Shia, but is just vaguely references to in Sunnite.  Such a difference within Aramaic, could really help explain differences within the language.

Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on September 1, 2012 at 8:45pm

well, perhaps one day he will show up :)

Comment by Tim Upham on September 1, 2012 at 8:39pm

That is the commonality of both Aramaic and Hebrew.  Todah is Taudi or Tavdi.  What I am aware of, is that the Maronite Christians will use Syriac Aramaic as their language of liturgy, and the Kurdistani Jews will speak Neo-Aramaic.  But I will have to find out which word is Syriac Aramaic and Neo-Aramaic.  In other words, Syriac Aramaic is Western, and Neo-Aramaic is Eastern.  I would love it, if we had an Aramaic expert in this group.  Unfortunately, I am not one.

Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on September 1, 2012 at 8:14pm

I know very little Aramaic, and just a little more of Arabic. Arabic I do study now, enjoy it very much. I used to know more Aramaic in school days ( many years ago that is..:)), when we learnt the Talmud, which is written Aramaic with transcript to Hebrew. 

Taudi or Tavdi - I do not know both words. sounds like Toda but...????

Comment by Tim Upham on September 1, 2012 at 7:47pm

As a native Hebrew speaker, you can play a very pivotal role in Aramaic as a historical language, and how it applies to situations today.  My knowledge of Aramaic, Hebrew, and Arabic is rudimentary, especially since I am not in the Middle East now, using them.  I can stay abreast on-line.  If you have anything to post, feel free to do so.  Taudi or Tavdi, which ever you prefer.


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