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  • The Key to Jesus Ministry in One Word: Ephphatha

    04/13/2015 5:10:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    He slipped His fingers in the man’s ears. Spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. Then He looked up to heaven and groaned.“Ephphatha!” Jesus said.So goes the account of the healing of the deaf man near the Sea of Galilee, as told in Mark.The word is one of a handful of words in Aramaic—believed to be the vernacular language of Jesus—that survived into the Greek New Testament. We don’t have to find an Aramaic dictionary to discover the meaning of this word. Mark readily supplies a definition: Be opened! Immediately, then, we are told that the man’s ears were “opened”...
  • What Language Did Jesus Speak?

    01/17/2015 9:07:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 200 replies ^ | September 26, 2008 | Mickey Addison
    September 26, 2008 What Language Did Jesus Speak? Mickey AddisonThis week we leave the Culture Wars behind and return to some basic apologetics…well, some interesting information about the Scriptures that informs our apologetics.I once had a discussion with a person who insisted that Our Divine Lord spoke only Hebrew.  The conversation had begun centered around the word “rock” in St Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 16:18), but quickly devolved into a debate about ancient languages.  My friend held that the word “rock” couldn’t possibly refer to St. Peter because the Gospel was written in Greek, and the Greek words used in...
  • Nun Pleads for Christians Raped, Sold, Killed by ISIS

    12/23/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Maudeen · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 23, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Refugees live 'like animals' in camps ...........................Sister Hatune points to the fact that 96 percent of the people who populated the Middle East at the turn of the eighth century were Christian. Now, that Christian population has dwindled to 6 percent. Turkey was once almost all Christian, but now it is 0.03 percent Christian. Iraq had 1 million Christians under Saddam Hussein, but now only a few thousand remain, and the churches of Baghdad will be mostly empty this Christmas. Where are these Christians? Where are these people? Just ask yourself, said the fiery nun, whose native tongue is Aramaic.
  • First Aramean registers in Israel

    10/21/2014 5:20:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-21-14
    The law instituting the Aramean nationality passed on September 18, creating an officially recognized Christian minority group. The first Israeli to register under the new Israeli Aramaean nationality is two-year-old Yaakov Halul, the son of Aramaic leaders in Northern Israel. The childs parents, Shadi and Oxana Halul, waited two years after their son's birth to register his nationality, so he could officially register as Aramaean, as opposed to Arab. They finally registered the child as Aramean earlier this week. Shadi Halul serves as a captain in an IDF reserves paratroopers unit and is head of the Aramaic Masonite Heritage Center,...
  • Pope Franciss unfriendly visit

    05/28/2014 6:03:57 PM PDT · by DManA · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/27/13 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    In one of his blander pronouncements during the papal visit, Netanyahu mentioned on Monday that Jesus spoke Hebrew. There was nothing incorrect about Netanyahus statement. Jesus was after all, an Israeli Jew. But Francis couldnt take the truth. So he indelicately interrupted his host, interjecting, Aramaic. Netanyahu was probably flustered. True, at the time, educated Jews spoke and wrote in Aramaic. And Jesus was educated. But the language of the people was Hebrew. And Jesus preached to the people, in Hebrew. Netanyahu responded, He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew. Reuters write-up of the incident tried to explain away the...
  • Pope Francis' unfriendly visit

    05/28/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/28/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman were right when they blamed the noxious anti-Israel incitement rampant in Europe for Saturday's murderous shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels >>SNIP<< Pope Benedict XVI was perceived as a friend of Israel, despite his childhood membership in the Hitler Youth. His opposition to Islam's rejection of reason, eloquently expressed at his speech at the University of Regensburg in 2006, positioned him as a religious champion of reason, individual responsibility and law Judaism's primary contributions to humanity. His predecessor Pope John Paul II was less willing to confront Islamic...
  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/26/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 May 2014 | Reuters
    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back. Like many things in the Middle East, where the pope is on the last leg of a three-day visit, modern-day discourse about Jesus is complicated and often political. A Jew, Jesus was born in...
  • Mohammed in the "Gospel" of Barnabas - ZOT for the Theologians

    07/17/2006 9:05:28 AM PDT · by parakletos · 3,619 replies · 13,640+ views
    The GREAT PROPHET MOHAMMED was mentioned by name in the forgotten gospel of Barnabas,who was one of the disciples of THE GREAT PROPHET JESUS CHRIST. The gospel is here: in the aforementioned site,make a search for the word "mohammed". heres a sample: from part 97 Then said the priest: `How shall the Messiah be called, and what sign shall reveal his coming?' Jesus answered: `The name of the Messiah is admirable, for God himself gave him the name when he had created his soul, and placed it in a celestial splendour. God said: "Wait Mohammed; for thy sake I...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity [Barf Alert}

    05/24/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    WND ^ | May 24, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Irans Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse worldwide of Christianity Turkish authorities believe the text could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus apostles and an associate of the apostle Paul. This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims. The Christian world, it says, denies...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity

    05/25/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT · by null and void · 54 replies
    WND ^ | 5/21/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Irans Basij Press is claiming a purported Gospel of Barnabas, discovered in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion, causing the collapse worldwide of Christianity. In the Barnabas text held by Turkey, chapter 41 states: God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah, meaning Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet. According to the Barnabas Gospel in Turkeys hands, Jesus was never crucified,...
  • Secret 14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/29/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/28/2012
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The 14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming. The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation...
  • 1,500-Year-Old Handwritten Bible Kept in Ankara, Ministry Confirms

    03/18/2012 11:25:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012
    The minister of culture and tourism on Thursday confirmed media reports suggesting that a 1,500-year-old Bible that was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000 is being kept in Ankara today. According to media reports on Thursday, the Bible was seized from a gang smuggling artifacts during a police operation in southern Turkey in 2010 and reportedly preserves its originality and many traces of the period in which it originated. The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the Bible, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe at an...
  • "Ancient" Syriac bible found in Cyprus

    02/06/2009 9:35:02 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 48 replies · 1,728+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2009 | Sarah Ktisti and Simon Bahceli
    NICOSIA (Reuters Life!) - Authorities in northern Cyprus believe they have found an ancient version of the Bible written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. The manuscript was found in a police raid on suspected antiquity smugglers. Turkish Cypriot police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript could be about 2,000 years old. The manuscript carries excerpts of the Bible written in gold lettering on vellum and loosely strung together, photos provided to Reuters showed. One page carries a drawing of a tree, and another eight lines of Syriac script. Experts were however divided...
  • Cold case: Did archaeologists find the last Maccabean king, after all?

    04/30/2014 11:14:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ariel David
    In 1970, a rock-cut tomb was discovered by workers building a private house in Jerusalem's Givat Hamivtar neighborhood. Inside the two-chambered burial, dating back to the first century BCE, archeologists found a decorated ossuary a limestone box containing the bones of the deceased and an enigmatic Aramaic inscription affixed to the wall. "I am Abba, son of Eleazar the priest," proclaimed the 2,000-year-old text. "I am Abba, the oppressed, the persecuted, born in Jerusalem and exiled to Babylon, who brought back Mattathiah son of Judah and buried him in the cave that I purchased." Who was Abba, this...
  • Archaeologists Excavate Ancient Aramean City in Israel

    03/22/2014 6:31:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | unattributed
    Today the location is known as Tel Abel Beth Maacah, an archaeological site that has been identified by biblical scholars as the likely location of an ancient city that, at one time, may have had important Aramean connections. It is mentioned a number of times in the biblical account, including the battle related to the revolt against David by Sheba ben Bichri. In the early 19th century BCE it was conquered by Ben-hadad of Damascus, and by the Neo-Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III in 733 BCE. Scholars suggest that it may have been at one time the capital of the Aramean...
  • Prophets, sex & archeology

    01/14/2014 4:28:24 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 12, 2014, | Simcha Jacobovici
    t is probably one of the greatest finds of all time and, by the bizarre rules of biblical archeology, its also one of the least reported. Basically, in 1967, in Deir Alla, Jordan, Dutch archeologists discovered some kind of pagan house of worship or seminary. On its walls, there was a 2,800-year-old inscription in black ink. Key phrases are highlighted in red ink and the whole writing is framed in red. First of all, this is the oldest Aramaic inscription every found. But if thats not enough to make it a world-headline, the inscription is 600-800 years older than the...
  • Maronite Christians Seek To Revive Aramaic Language

    10/12/2012 11:32:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 10/12/12 | Ksenia Svetlova
    Ancient Israeli Minority Hopes To Win Community RecognitionOn a hot August day in the Galilee, a group of schoolchildren in the Arab Christian village of Jish counted diligently, from one to 10, after their instructor. But the words, though similar to Arabic and Hebrew, were neither. Chada, tarteyn, telat, arba, khamesh, they recited, shet, shva, tamney, teysha, asar.At this unique summer camp, some 85 children were being immersed in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke and in which the Gemara one of the Talmuds two major books was written. Once the Middle Easts lingua franca, Aramaic is an almost...
  • Schools try to revive Aramaic

    06/06/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | Diaa Hadid
    In the Palestinian village of Beit Jala, an older generation of Aramaic speakers is trying to share the language with their grandchildren. Beit Jala sits next to Bethlehem, where the New Testament says Jesus was born. And in the Arab-Israeli village of Jish, nestled in the Galilean hills where Jesus lived and preached, elementary school children now are being instructed in Aramaic. The children belong mostly to the Maronite Christian community, where members still chant their liturgy in Aramaic, though few understand the prayers. We want to speak the language that Jesus spoke, said Carla Hadad, a 10-year-old Jish girl...
  • Secret 14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/25/2012 11:40:31 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Daily Mail
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The 14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.
  • 1500 year-old Syriac Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • The Aramaic Language is Being Resurrected in Israel

    10/01/2011 3:31:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 9/24/11 | Marco Tosatti
    Two television channels have been involved in initiatives to bring to life, once again, the language that Jesus and his contemporaries spoke. Today, it is spoken by 400 thousand people throughout the worldTwo Israeli television channels are trying to see to it that Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and his contemporaries in that region of the Roman Empire, will once again become a living language and not just be an almost extinct curiosity for scholars of Semitic languages to study. Suroyo TV and Suryoyo TV offer an endless supply of material for online discussion by fans so they can...
  • The Modern Hebrew Alphabet is Actually Aramaic

    04/09/2011 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 63 replies
    Hebrew Roots Project ^ | March 2011 | Reuven
    An example of ancient Hebrew script...a derivation of proto-Canaanite During the years I've been researching [My name is Reuven; An English teacher by profession, I...possess an insatiable desire to research anything pertaining to my Jewish roots. Born [and] raised in New York City, I have been an Israeli citizen for more than 30 years, and reside in the charming Galilian town of Karmiel] the Hebrew language and alphabet, I've been astounded to discover that the overwhelming majority of Jews and Christians - even observant ones - have been unaware of the existance of the original ancient Hebrew alphabet, the script...
  • Our Father and Hail Mary, sung in Syriac-Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ

    11/21/2009 7:13:24 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 1,223+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 21, 2009
    Abwoon D'Bashmaya - The Lords Prayer in Aramaic - YouTube Shlom Lech Maryam-Ave Maria in syriac/aramaic ماجدة الرومي - YouTube Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that Jesus, His Blessed Mother and the Apostles were born and lived in the Holy Land. The common parlance of their days was Syriac-Aramaic. Hebrew was the liturgical language of the Temple. I recently attended a Hafli - a Lebanese feast, much like a wedding but without the bride and groom. The organizing committee brought in a band that played Middle Eastern (contemporary) songs and the highlight of the evening was a belly...
  • Technology brings new insights to ancient language (Aramaic)

    10/15/2009 10:27:10 AM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies · 825+ views
    The University of Chicago ^ | October 14, 2009 | Unknown
    Tablets uncovered at Persepolis in Iran are covered with writing in Aramaic. The archive, being studied at the University of Chicago, provides new insights on the language, which has been written and spoken in the Middle East continuously since ancient times. (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) New technologies and academic collaborations are helping scholars at the University of Chicago analyze hundreds of ancient documents in Aramaic, one of the Middle Easts oldest continuously spoken and written languages. Members of the West Semitic Research Project at the University of Southern California are helping the Universitys Oriental Institute make very high-quality electronic...
  • What Language(s) Did Jesus Speak and Why Does It Matter?

    09/18/2009 12:54:26 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 78 replies · 3,241+ views ^ | February 2004 (updated 2/2007) | Mark D. Roberts
    What Language(s) Did Jesus Speak and Why Does It Matter? by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts February 2004 (updated 2/2007) Copyright 2004 by Mark D. Roberts Note: You may download this resource at no cost, for personal use or for use in a Christian ministry, as long as you are not publishing it for sale. All I ask is that you give credit where credit is due. For all other uses, please contact me at Thank you. Part 1: Introduction Although responses to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ movie varied widely, every viewer was struck by...
  • In the Syrian desert, the language of Jesus lives on

    07/30/2008 6:33:07 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 260+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | July 29, 2008 | Brooke Anderson
    MAALOULA, Syria (CNS) -- Aramaic, the language of Jesus that flourished in villages thousands of years ago, is being kept alive in the Syrian desert, about an hour's drive from Damascus. Today, Aramaic is spoken in Maaloula, an ancient mountainous town with two historic monasteries, Catholic and Orthodox, both built into the cliffs. Georgette Halabi, a tour guide at St. Serge Melkite Catholic convent in Maaloula, grew up speaking Aramaic. "I don't write it," she said. "But I want to learn." Local residents' Arabic education has never offered formal instruction in written Aramaic, but they have managed to pass down...
  • Jesus spoke Aramaic [Ecumenic]

    06/03/2008 7:55:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 94 replies · 222+ views
    Christusrex ^ | Autumn 1998 | Fr. Massimo Pazzini, O.F.M.
    A question arises time and again from prilgrims visiting the Holy Land: What was the language that Jesus spoke? They ask: What was the language of Palestine in the times of Jesus? What languages did Jesus speak? Were there any indications found in the Gospels? Palestine, given that it was always a crossroads for entire peoples in their spontaneous, and often times forced, migrations, was by necessity a multi-lingual land. It was a place where they spoke several languages at the same time. That is, in the times of Jesus, there were no less than two local languages spoken and...
  • 'The last Mohicans' of Christ

    04/27/2008 4:05:06 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 22 replies · 82+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | 27 April 2008 | Robert F Worth
    Conversion to Islam on road to Damascus spells the end for Aramaic, the native language of Jesus ELIAS Khoury can still remember the days when old people in the mountain village of Malula spoke only Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Back then the village, linked to the capital Damascus, only by a long and bumpy bus ride, was almost entirely Christian, a vestige of an older, more diverse Middle East that existed before the arrival of Islam. Now Khoury, 65, grey-haired and bedridden, admits ruefully that he has largely forgotten the language he spoke with his own mother. "It's disappearing,"...
  • In Syrian villages, the language of Jesus lives

    04/24/2008 9:23:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 30+ views
    IHT ^ | April 22, 2008
    MALULA, Syria: Elias Khoury can still remember the days when old people in this cliffside village spoke only Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Back then the village, linked to the capital, Damascus, only by a long and bumpy bus ride over the mountains, was almost entirely Christian, a vestige of an older and more diverse Middle East that existed before the arrival of Islam. Now Khoury, 65, gray-haired and bedridden, admits ruefully that he has largely forgotten the language he spoke with his own mother. "It's disappearing," he said in Arabic, sitting with his wife on a bed in the...
  • More Christian Lebanese Victims of Syrian / Iranian Islamic Jihad

    02/13/2007 10:49:43 PM PST · by PRePublic · 304+ views
    Home|About |Arab Leaders |Slavery|Ethnic Cleansing |Hate |Apartheid |Hypocrisy |Fascism |Facts |Targets |OnNonMuslims |HumanShields |Terrorism |Clerics |MassRape |GlobalSexCrimes |Islamic Inquizition |Victims |Genocide |Treating Women |Lobbies |Arabism |Oppression |Mainstream |World domination |Blood Cult |Links |Arabization |Solutions |Education The Massacre in Damour Help Lebanon from Syria Syrian Occupation,Terrorism Aramaic Community Lebanon the invisible Victim Mass grave unearthed in Lebanon Hobeika - Damour More on Massacre & Destruction of Damour - Leabanon (by Syria & "Palestinians" Arab Muslims) The Mullah's Playground Christian Lebanese Victims of Jihad Syrian Terrorism Against LebaneseSyrian Terrorism on Lebanese Red Cross victims, Syrian attack 1990 executed Lebanese troops,...
  • The Edicts of King Ashoka

    07/18/2004 7:46:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1,714+ views
    Colorado State University Computer Science Department ^ | 1993 | An English Rendering by Ven. S. Dhammika
    Asoka's edicts are to be found scattered in more than thirty places throughout India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most of them are written in Brahmi script from which all Indian scripts and many of those used in Southeast Asia later developed. The language used in the edicts found in the eastern part of the sub-continent is a type of Magadhi, probably the official language of Asoka's court. The language used in the edicts found in the western part of India is closer to Sanskrit although one bilingual edict in Afghanistan is written in Aramaic and Greek. Asoka's edicts, which...
  • Allah does not belong (only) to Islam

    06/04/2006 2:26:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 659+ views
    Christian Researc Institute ^ | June 4, 2006 | Helen Louise Herndon
    This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 1 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.orgSince September 11, scores of commentaries have been written about terrorism and Islam, many from Christian leaders. It is remarkable how writers unfamiliar with the Arabic language have ventured comments, if not judgments, relating to the term Allah. It is as if anything to do with Allah must be demonized in order for us to feel righteous and justified.In a news clip on KFUO-AM Radio in St. Louis, shortly...
  • The Quran: Misinterpreted, Mistranslated, and Misread (written in Aramaic, not Arabic...big diff!)

    05/19/2006 12:17:00 PM PDT · by Dark Skies · 42 replies · 4,093+ views ^ | 5/7/2006 | Gabriel Sawma
    For the first time in history, a book is written to provide information on the Aramaic language of the Qur'an. For over fourtheen centuries, Muslims have been told erroneously that the language of the Qur'an is Arabic. The Eastern Syriac dialect of Aramaic is dominant in the Quran, and many chapters are borrowed from the Hebrew Bible, but were misinterpreted by Muslim commentators. Not understanding the Aramaic language of the Quran, and not being familiar with the development of its revelations, Muslim commentators rendered erroneous interpretations to the book. Such erroneous interpretations led to the rise of Islamic fundamentalists, like...
  • Praying in Jesus' Own Language

    01/22/2006 3:32:48 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 3,195+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 22, 2006 | Monsignor Petrus Yousif
    Interview With Professor of Chaldean Liturgy VATICAN CITY, JAN. 22, 2006 ( The Chaldean Church, whose patriarch resides in Baghdad, Iraq, takes pride in its ancient liturgy which uses the same language Jesus used. In November, the Chaldean liturgy underwent a reform following a special synod in Rome. To assess the extent of the reform, ZENIT interviewed Monsignor Petrus Yousif, professor of Syro-Chaldean patrology and Chaldean liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Catholic Institute of Paris. He is also the parish priest of France's Chaldean community. In this interview, Monsignor Yousif, consultor of the Special Liturgy Commission for...
  • Video of Kid Lip-Synching Rock Song in Aramaic-ROTFL

    01/22/2006 12:35:23 PM PST · by Alouette · 5 replies · 748+ views
    Google Video ^ | Jan. 17, 2006
    Hilarious. Kid is lip-synching to a song, sung in Aramaic by an Israeli rock group. Kid has NO CLUE what he is singing! The actual lyrics are: Y'heh shelomoh rabba min sheyama"May there be great peace from Heaven."
  • Research On Ancient Writing Linked With Modern Mideast Conflict

    11/14/2005 1:25:30 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 1,424+ views
    The State ^ | 11-14-2005 | Ron Grossman
    Posted on Sun, Nov. 13, 2005 Research on ancient writing linked with modern Mideast conflict BY RON GROSSMAN CHICAGO - Professorial colleagues think Ron Tappy has made a landmark breakthrough in our understanding of the world of the Bible. He himself is waiting for the other shoe to drop. This week, Tappy will formally unveil his discovery at the meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Normally a presentation titled "The 2005 Excavation Season at Tel Zayit, with Special Attention to the Tenth Century BCE" would hardly be noticed beyond the scholars who will gather at the Hyatt Penn's...
  • February 9 - Feast of St. Maron - Father of the Maronite Church

    02/09/2005 6:08:19 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 216+ views ^ | February 9, 2005
    Mar Maroun All that is known about Maron, the spiritual father and protector of the Maronites comes from Theodoret, the bishop of Cyr. In approximately 444, Theodoret undertook the project of writing a religious history about his religion. Theodoret never knew Maron personally, but only through the disciples of this holy man. He described Maron as "the one who has planted for God the garden which flourishes now in the region of Cyr." Little is known of the birth or youth of Maron because Theodoret was unconcerned about that aspect of his life. He felt that Maron was a...
  • NYT: Israel Indicts 4 in 'Brother of Jesus' Hoax and Other Forgeries

    12/30/2004 10:01:34 AM PST · by OESY · 24 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 - The Israeli police filed criminal indictments on Wednesday against four antiquities collectors, accusing them of forging biblical artifacts, many so skillfully that they fooled experts. Some were even celebrated briefly as being among the most significant Christian and Jewish relics ever unearthed. The police and the Israel Antiquities Authority said their investigation had focused on several major forgeries, including a limestone burial box, or ossuary, bearing an inscription that suggested that it held the remains of Jesus' brother James. The Antiquities Authority declared the ossuary a forgery last year. The authorities also described as counterfeit a...
  • Photo Series: Persepolis, Iran - Capital of Persian Empire [History]

    08/27/2004 9:42:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 3,251+ views
    Iranian ^ | 8/27/04 | Iranian
    Cyrus the Great Cylinder, The First Charter of Human Rights By 546 BCE, Cyrus had defeated Croesus, the Lydian king of fabled wealth, and had secured control of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, Armenia, and the Greek colonies along the Levant. Moving east, he took Parthia (land of the Arsacids, not to be confused with Parsa, which was to the southwest), Chorasmis, and Bactria. He besieged and captured Babylon in 539 and released the Jews who had been held captive there, thus earning his immortalization in the Book of Isaiah. When he died in 529, Cyrus's kingdom extended as...

    07/22/2004 1:12:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 2,182+ views
    Journal of Near Eastern Studies ^ | Rocco A. Errico and Michael J. Bazzi
    Aramaic was the language of Semitic peoples throughout the ancient Near East. It was the language of the Assyrians, Chaldeans, Hebrews and Syrians. Aram and Israel had a common ancestry and the Hebrew patriarchs who were of Aramaic origin maintained ties of marriage with the tribes of Aram. The Hebrew patriarchs preserved their Aramaic names and spoke in Aramaic.The term Aramaic is derived from Aram, the fifth son of Shem, the firstborn of Noah. See Gen. 10:22. The descendants of Aram dwelt in the fertile valley, Padan-aram also known as Beth Nahreen.The Aramaic language in Padan-aram remained pure, and in...
  • The Virgins and the Grapes: the Christian Origins of the Koran

    04/20/2004 1:01:52 PM PDT · by tlrugit · 2 replies · 199+ views
    L'Espresso ^ | March 12-18, 2004 | Sandro Magister
    A German scholar of ancient languages takes a new look at the sacred book of Islam. He maintains that it was created by Syro-Aramaic speaking Christians, in order to evangelize the Arabs. And he translates it in a new way
  • The Virgins and the Grapes: the "Christian" Origins of the Koran (Surprise!)

    04/16/2004 3:38:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies · 2,566+ views
    Chiesa. com ^ | Sandro Magister
    ROMA That Aramaic was the lingua franca of a vast area of the ancient Middle East is a notion that is by now amply noted by a vast public, thanks to Mel Gibsons film The Passion of the Christ, which everyone watches in that language. But that Syro-Aramaic was also the root of the Koran, and of the Koran of a primitive Christian system, is a more specialized notion, an almost clandestine one. And its more than a little dangerous. The author of the most important book on the subject a German professor of ancient Semitic and...
  • Latin in the "Passion"

    03/16/2004 5:40:07 PM PST · by fishtank · 86 replies · 301+ views
    I finally was able to see the "Passion" a few days ago. On top of all the issues that I was trying to absorb from the movie (the non-existent antisemitism, the departures of the story from the Gospels, the spiritual lessons of the movie, etc etc.), one of the things I was keeping track of was the changeovers from Aramaic to Latin and then back again. My first impression of the movie was how smooth and fluid and "real" the Latin language was from the actors. Too often, when people speak Latin, it sounds like John Wayne trying to speak...
  • Passion of the Christ question

    03/15/2004 12:23:17 AM PST · by airedale · 11 replies · 141+ views
    Having seen the movie twice I wonder if anyone knows where I can get a translation of all the Aramaic spoken leading up to the trial and at the trial? The subtitles work fine, but are paraphrases or a condensation of what's actually spoken in the movie. I'd like to know what's is really being said. They spent a lot of time and money getting the dialog translated into authentic 1st century Aramaic and street Latin.
  • Aramaic Gospels online

    02/28/2004 8:29:38 PM PST · by djf · 16 replies · 1,235+ views
    For those who are interested, there is a literal translation of the Aramaic Gospels (and Acts) online. Mattai, Marqus, Luqa, and Yukhanan. I have not compared it yet to my 1872 hardcopy of Murdocks Translation of The Syriac Testament(1851) and am unsure if they are the same source, as there are about 6 extant versions of the Aramaic text. You will need a frame compatible browser and Adobe Acrobat to read it, go to WWW.PESHITTA.ORG, and on the left frame, click on Interlinear to expand. It reads right to left. Here is a sample, The Lords prayer, Luqa 1: "Our...
  • What's up with Aramaic?

    02/28/2004 8:15:53 PM PST · by jwalburg · 40 replies · 469+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | Feb. 04 | Cary Darling
    Thanks to 'The Passion of the Christ,' a near-dead, 2,500-year-old language will reach the ears of millions Leave it to pop culture -- and Mel Gibson -- to revive a couple of dead languages. Well, one that's dead and one that's in linguistic intensive care. Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ, opening today, utilizes two tongues from way back in the day: Latin and Aramaic. (Don't worry, there are subtitles in the movie.) Now Latin (the dead one) is not a complete stranger to American ears. Carpe diem, e pluribus unum and all that. But Aramaic? This nearly...
  • Actor: 'Christ' May Set Language Trend (More Aramaic Movies?)

    02/19/2004 8:00:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 72+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sat, Feb. 14, 2004
    LOS ANGELES - Jim Caviezel jokes that Hollywood might learn a language lesson from "The Passion of the Christ," largely shot in Aramaic and Latin. Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's bloody recreation of Christ's final hours, whimsically suggested that other filmmakers might want to follow Gibson's lead.
  • Jesus' language, Aramaic, lives on in Cyprus enclave

    02/01/2004 9:44:18 PM PST · by Destro · 22 replies · 620+ views ^ | Feb. 1, 2004 12:00 AM | Michael Theodoulou
    <p>KORMAKITI, Cyprus - If the people of this remote village were to travel back to Jesus' time and hear him preach, they would not need an interpreter to understand the Sermon on the Mount or the parable of the prodigal son.</p>
  • Passion Play

    08/18/2003 8:11:34 AM PDT · by tridentine · 6 replies · 73+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 25, 2003 | Micheal Nowak
    THE NICENE CREED, recited by the world's more than two billion Christians every Sunday, declares that Jesus Christ "suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried." More than anything else, these ten words are the theme of "The Passion," Mel Gibson's new movie. Although not scheduled to be released to theaters until Ash Wednesday, "The Passion" generated this spring more discussion than any film in recent memory: endless op-eds, press releases, debates, and denunciations--all about a movie, in Aramaic and Latin, that none of the commentators had seen. Perhaps in response to all this publicity, both negative and...
  • Assyrian community speaks Aramaic, provides a warm welcome to Israelis

    02/28/2003 1:09:42 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 12 replies · 718+ views ^ | February 27, 2003 | Gil Sedan
    Assyrian community speaks Aramaic, provides a warm welcome to Israelis ADABASHI, Turkey, Feb. 27 (JTA) I never intended to visit Adabashi. I was heading toward the border crossing between Turkey and Iraq, hoping to get to northern Iraq before the widely anticipated war began. But the Turkish border authorities would not hear of any journalists running around in that Kurdish-dominated part of Iraq. Not just Israeli journalists, any journalists. As a result, I and a group of fellow journalists found ourselves traveling along the long Turkish border between Iraq and Syria until we spotted a church tower off...