Sunday, January 28, 2018

Aramaic in the world today

MODERN ARAMAIC WATCH: Aramaic, the language of Jesus, comes to New Jersey (Matthew Petti, America Magazine).
Syriac, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians—their chosen name varies by denomination, but most recognize themselves as part of the same ethnic group—originally hail from the Middle East, where their Aramaic dialects were once the dominant language. Forced into diaspora by both ethnic and religious conflicts, the Syriac Christians in New Jersey, who number about 2,000 families and are mostly members of the Syriac Orthodox Church, have created Syriac establishments ranging from language schools to restaurants. They are now attempting to balance the American Dream with preserving their faith and reviving their ancient culture.
A detailed account of the current fate of Aramaic-speaking Christians in the Middle East — and in New Jersey.

HT Joseph Lauer.

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