Friday, 21 March 2008

Syriac Aramaic

i had some little notes over the past couple of weeks while looking up stuff, first is that the Hebrew language was anciently practiced for a short span, it was used for classical writing and this language died for centuries and came back in 1882 by Eleiser Ben Yehuda, at the time of Christ, Jewish People didnt speak Hebrew, the old testement and a huge portion of the jewish litterature were written in it, but the language spoken was Aramaic and the new testement was written in Aramaic.

you know, if you google the Bible or the Quran, you will find so many virtual copies of each of them in many languages, i have been looking for the Talmud, i couldnt find a virtual copy. nowhere, no torrents, nothing, i found books talking about it, a complete set of the Talmud for 2 thousand something dollars, but i didnt find a single pdf file of it. Jewish people do not have an open door policy for whom wants to learn their faith. isn't that weird? like Jews mock so many traditional practices by Christians and Muslims and they use all historic powers in their debates. but we really dont know much about their traditions and beliefs and they dont promote it. they hide within communities, currently i really find myself interested in learning these things

another thing is that Israel is reffered to as "SHE" , i've seen it several places and read it over Jewish forums and it kind of makes me think a lot, even if you enter their virtual library, you will find that a woman or the female in general is a very sacred entity even its more important than the man. you know a jew is identified by his mother, this is what i recall.

i just find jewish people very interesting ..

anyways, yeah,,, i was talking about Syriac Aramaic,, well Aramaic is still spoken in two cities in this world, i know one, its in Syria, its called "Ma3lulaa", "Maaloula" , i have been there many times, by the way Syria is a beautiful country moving in all directions from Damascus, there is so much nature there, and the people are nice and simple, Maloula is a very nice city and i brought a medel that has Aramaic writings which i still dont understand what it says with a group of friends zamaan, there are lots of ancient churches there, you can walk for hours, Mar Takla is beautiful, and once zaman in another visit i prayed there and what i asked in that prayer from God came true, i wasnt crazy or insane but it did happen

so if you wanna listen to some Syrian Aramaic, this is Our Father prayer

"ابانا الذي في السموات"

Enjoy :)


Qwaider قويدر said...

All three semitic languages came from the same roots.
Aramaic, Arabic and Hebrew. With Arabic being the most developed and flexible of the trio

They have common ancestry. Which is fascinating
I could listen to some of my friends speaking in Aramaic and I can "almost" understand what they're saying. This fascinates me on so many levels

The Keldani in Iraq also speak Aramaic.

I sincerely hope that such a wonderful language doesn't die

Check out this very fascinating article on Wikipedia

kinzi said...

Tala, interesting post! I have found Talmud, etc, on-line, although I can't remember where!

I found that same thing among Kaldani Iraqi friends. But what surprised me most was understanding much of the Aramaic dialogue from "The Passion of the Christ".

Tala said...

Qwaider, Thanks for the article, its really great, i read it last night and most of the information is new to me and especially when you see how related they are in grammar and writings and when you relate places and history to it :D i swear the ministry of education should burn in hell!

Kinzi, glad you liked the post =) i googled the Talmud and found links for explainations, i dont have much background on it so its new to me and i dont know how much will it support understanding the Bible, will see what happens as i proceed in reading, yup, the Keldani in Iraq speak Aramic too,according to qwaiders article, the city is called koy sanjaq north eastern Iraq, if you concentrate in the words, they are so close to arabic and hebrew, kind of like in the middle, this is so cool, some alive history :D but the article says too that Biblical Aramaic is extinct so maybe the Aramaic in the Passion of the Christ is Syriac or Surat as its called in Iraq