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The Words of Jesus in the Original Aramaic by Stephen Andrew Missick

The Words of Jesus in the Original Aramaic

Discovering the Semitic Roots of Christianity

by Stephen Andrew Missick

Pages: 316

Dimensions: 5 x 8

  • RELIGION - General

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781600341076

Price : $18.99


Although Bible scholars have called Aramaic "the Language of Jesus" most Christians have never heard of Aramaic. However, anyone who has read the Bible has been exposed to Aramaic whether he or she knows it or not. "Abba, Father" is Aramaic. Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified is Aramaic for "Skull-Place." Names such as Thomas, Barnabas, Martha, and Magdalene are all Aramaic names. "Maranatha" is a short Aramaic prayer that is left un-translated in the New Testament. Translated from the Aramaic it means, "Our Lord, Come!" After the release of Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ," which was filmed mostly in Aramaic, more people have been exposed to the Aramaic language than ever before.
Aramaic is an important but often over-looked tool in discovering the mind of Christ. This book is an introduction to Aramaic biblical studies and to the last Christians who still speak the ancient Aramaic language, the Assyrians of Mesopotamia.
This book also explores the Aramaic behind Christ's words, such as in the title Christ used for himself, the Son of Man, which is Barnasha in Aramaic, and looks at important people in early Aramaic Christianity, such as James the Just and Mary of Magdala.

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Reverend Stephen Andrew Missick graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and has attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has extensively studied the Aramaic language, Aramaic literature and Biblical studies and the Christian Churches of the Aramaic tradition.
He has several articles on the history of the Assyrian Aramaic Church published in the Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies. He is the writer and illustrator of the weekly cartoon strip, "Chronicles: Facts from the Bible".
Reverend Missick served in the United States Military in Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2003 and 2004. He has traveled throughout Middle East several times visiting Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Holy Land.
The village depicted on the cover is Maloula, an Aramaic-speaking Christian village outside of Damascus, Syria.

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