Aramaic Language and Culture

Aramaic is a group of languages belonging to the Afroasiatic language group. This group belongs to the Semitic family, which also includes Hebrew and Phoenician. Aramaic script was widely adopted for other languages and is ancestral to both the Arabic and modern Hebrew alphabets.

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Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say sun in Aramaic?


Aramaic Language and Culture

What is difference between Aramaic and Syriac?

'Aramaic' is the name of the Semitic language that was spoken by Syrians in antiquity. Syriac was the Aramaic dialect that was spoken around Edessa. This became the language in which Christianity was preached east of the Roman empire. Syriac is Aramaic, but not all Aramaic is Syriac.

Many words in Syriac have subtle differences from the Aramaic root, but the word remains the same. For example, Spirit in Syriac is Ruho. In Aramaic, it is Ruha.

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say 'love' in Aramaic?


Aramaic Language and Culture

What are the original pictogram signs in cuneiform?

The original pictograms in cuneiform and in proto Harappan Scripts of Indus Valley Kot Diji culture in South Asia are motifs and pictures or pictorials of animals and other objects those are converted into symbols .

English to Hebrew
Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say let us eat in Hebrew?

said to a male: bo nokhal

said to a female: bo'i nokhal

said to a group: bo'u nokhal

Aramaic Language and Culture

What languages are read from right to left?

AnswerBoth Arabic and Hebrew, and the non-Semitic languages using the Arabic or the Hebrew alphabet, such as Persian and Yiddish, are written from right to left (except for their numbers!). Urdu which is also derived from Arabic and Persian language and ancient indo - aryan language binti is written from right to left. Ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and the oldest Latin could be written in both directions.

Also Chinese and Japanese can be written right to left (also written from top to bottom, vertically).

Korean is NOT written from right to left

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Aramaic Language and Culture

In Galatians Paul used Greek Peter and Aramaic Cephas either one could be correct but mixed seems odd so which do you find in the oldest known Greek manuscripts?

Since Paul was undoubtedly familiar with both languages and Peter may well have gone by both names, as well as considering that Paul often used a secretary to whom he dictated his letters it is not really surprising or significant that we find two different names for Peter within a very short few verses.

As for the manuscript evidence, it appears that only manuscript p46 has a variant reading which uses Peter instead of Cephas in Galatians 2 v 9 (all other references being Peter, Petros).The Chester Beatty Papyri 11 as it is sometimes known is indeed ancient, some regarding it as being from towards the end of the first century, within only 30 years or so of Paul having written Galatians.

The only problem is that oldest is not always the best. This manuscript is well known to be full of scribal errors, which is determined mostly by comparing it with the many other manuscripts available. Thus, the majority of manuscripts greatly favor the existing reading which has Peter mentioned five times (Galatians 1:18, 2:7, 2:8, 2:11, and 2:14) and Cephas once (2:9).

Aramaic Language and Culture

Do people speak Aramaic today?

According to Ethnologue, Modern Aramaic is spoken by around 550,000, people of various communities from across the Middle East, especially in Syria and Israel, including Christians, Jews, Mandaeans and Muslims.

More than 90% of Modern Aramaic speakers either speak Assyrian Neo-Aramaic or the Chaldean Neo-Aramaic variety.

Aramaic Language and Culture

Aramaic word for mercy?

m'haym-ne (plural)

Simple answer, רחמא (Rachma) or חן (Chen)

Aramaic Language and Culture

When was the targum sheni second translation into Aramaic on Megillat Esther written?

Scholars disagree on the dating of Targum Sheni, placing it anywhere between the fourth and 11th centuries. Despite its name (targum means, literally, translation), Targum Sheni is more of a midrashic collection than an Aramaic rendering of the Masoretic text. See Yehuda Komlosh, “Targum Sheni", Encyclopedia Judaica vol. 15 pp. 811-13. according to:

Aramaic Language and Culture

Is there an Aramaic dictionary online?

There are two or three, all listed at this wonderful website,045Asiatic/Aramaic/

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say unclean in Aramaic?

Metamayn is unclean.

Amayn or Amatha is impure.

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you you say I miss you in Amharic?

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say child in Aramaic?

Babylonian/Jerusalem Aramaic: Yaloda or Shabra

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you write the name Nadeem in Aramaic?

There are different dialects of Aramaic, written with different alphabets. If you are talking about Jewish Aramaic, it's נדים

Aramaic Language and Culture

What does Peter mean in Aramaic?

Peter is a Greek name, the Aramaic equivalent would be "Kefa" (more commonly transliterated "Cephas"), meaning "rock" or "stone." You can find the "Kefa" written in Aramaic scripts from a reputable Aramaic translator.
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Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say son of god in aramaic?

The phrase 'son of god' is bar alaha in Aramaic, which, in certain dialects is pronounced bar aloho. In Hebrew letters (which were originally Aramaic letters), it is written בר אלהא. In Syriac letters it is written ܒܪ ܐܠܗܐ.

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you pronounce Aramaic?

As best as I can phonetically put it...


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Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say My God in Aramaic?


Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say thank you in aramaic?

"Taudi", of "Tavdi", somewhat depending on the dialect.

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Jesus Christ
Aramaic Language and Culture

Which language did Jesus Christ speak?

I am under the impression that due to his earthly origins (Galilee) his mother language would have been Aramaic, but greek and hebrew were common tounges in that time and region as well, so he may well have spoken all three.

Aramaic Language and Culture

Who would have spoken Hebrew Yiddish and Aramaic?

From about 300 B.C.E. until the mid-1800s, nobody spoke Hebrew, except as a liturgical language. Yiddish was spoken primarily by Jews in the German, Russian, and Austrian Empires which covered most of Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants. Aramaic is a dead language that was spoken as a lingua franca by the people of the Levant from around 400 B.C.E. to about 300 C.E.

Aramaic Language and Culture

How do you say brother in Aramaic?

Beautiful in Aramaic is "ܐܚܐ" or "ܐܚܢܐ". Pronounced as "akhona" in Assyrian-eastern Aramaic, and as "ahono" "in Suryoyo-western Aramaic.

Actually, beautiful would be "Shapir". Brother in the singular tense would be "Akha" Akhona or Akhoon would be plural.

Aramaic Language and Culture

What is the Aramaic word for 'sisters'?

It's ܚܬܐ Pronounced as "hatho" in Western aramaic and "khatha" in Eastern.

The above answer is Syriac. If you are looking for ancient Aramaic, the word would be similar, "Akhotha".

Aramaic Language and Culture

Is the word sin Aramaic or Latin?

"Sin" is a native English word inherited from the Proto-Germanic ancestor language that English shares with German (where the word is Sünde), Dutch (zonde), and so on.

It's an open question where Proto-Germanic got the word. Some scholars connect it with Latin sons, "guilty, criminal", but whether the connection is one of borrowing (from Latin into Proto-Germanic), or of parallel development, is not settled.


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