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Aramaic Scholars


The Aramaic New Testament primacy community has a vast number of ancient scholars and a growing number of modern scholars producing works on various elements of the Aramaic New Testament and history.  Numerous Aramaic speaking scholars are translating Aramaic works into English as we speak and hundreds of Aramaic scholars have weighed in on the importance of the Aramaic New Testament over the Centuries.  Many Greek scholars are also publishing findings proving from the Greek side, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the New Testament was originally penned in Aramaic; not Hebrew and not Greek as many have been taught.
Over the last few decades hundreds of scholars are reviewing materials and papers produced by the Aramaic primacy community, yet, a small number of "mainstream theologians" prefer to make superficial, foolish and broad brush stroked statements, without doing primary research.  This is why Netzari Press has chosen to provide our readers with access to the Aramaic text, for future textual comparison, consideration and discussion.  Without having access to the primary text seekers of Truth can only rely on the opinions of others.
     There are an increasing number of publications coming available soon that will also help the student become familiar with Aramaic and it's importance in Scripture.  An online search of Aramaic resources will yield plenty examples of this, new titles and hundreds of titles that have been available for decades (some for centuries).  The following list is a small sample, more will be added in the future, also bear in mind that there is an extensive list of Aramaic scholars and publications available in the Aramaic language.   

Basics Of Biblical Aramaic by M Van Pelt This book is Paperback - to be released Aug 30 2011.

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The Aramaic Astronomical Book describes the movement of the moon in its phases, schematic meteorology, and the movement of the stars in relation to the seasons of the year. It is part of the Jewish pseudepigraphic literature of the Second Temple period. This volume is a critical edition of the four Aramaic manuscripts (4Q208-4Q211) that comprise the Aramaic Astronomical Book, discovered in the Qumran caves near the Dead Sea in Israel in 1952. Henryk Drawnel presents the first comprehensive edition of all the four manuscripts, with an extensive discussion of text critical issues, palaeographic description, restorations of the fragmentary text, together with the plates containing all the photographs of the manuscripts. The commentary presented in chapter three discusses text critical issues related to the overlapping of the Aramaic fragments with the Ethiopic Astronomical Book (1 En. 72-82). Additionally, the content of the Aramaic manuscripts is interpreted in relation to pertinent cuneiform literature, which permits a correct explanation of the lunar phases described in 4Q208 and 4Q209. The first chapter of the book contains the history of previous scholarship that has dealt with the Aramaic text until today, preliminary matters concerning the literary characteristics, date and place of composition. The last part of chapter one contains an explanation concerning the social background of the early Enochic literature that opens up a new perspective for the understanding of the earliest Jewish apocalyptic texts.

About the Author

Dr. Henryk Drawnel is Assistant Professor of the Second Temple Literature and Semitic Languages at the Catholic University of Lublin.

Law and Religion Between Petra and Edessa: Studies in Aramaic Epigraphy on the Roman Frontier by John Healey (Hardcover - May 2011)

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The thousands of surviving inscriptions in Middle Aramaic (e.g., in the Nabataean, Syriac and Palmyrene dialects) are an underused resource in the study of the Near East in the Roman period, especially in the study of religion and law. Particularly important was the emergence during this period of new people with their cultural roots in Arabia, such as the Nabataeans. This volume collects together, under the interrelated themes of religion and law, twenty-three articles by John Healey, with sections on 'Petra and Nabataean Aramaic', 'Edessa and Early Syriac' and 'Aramaic and Society in the Roman Near East'. Individual papers discuss the continuation of 'Ancient Near Eastern' culture, the Aramaic legal tradition as well as the development of both written and spoken forms of Syriac and Nabatean.


About the Author

John Healey is Professor of Semitic Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.

Grammar of Palestinian Jewish Aramaic by William Barron Stevenson (Paperback - May 12 2011)


About the Author

William Barron Stevenson (1869-1954), was a British scholar.  Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at the University of Glasgow, 1907-1937.

Grammar of Palestinian Jewish Aramaic by W. B. Stevenson and J. A. Emerton (Hardcover - Apr 30 1999)

Aramaic Approach to the Gospels and Acts by Matthew Black (Hardcover - Apr 1979)

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Modern Aramaic English English Modern Aramaic Dictionary And by Nicholas Awde (Paperback - Jun 5 2007)

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A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon by William L. Holladay (Hardcover - Jan 7 1972)

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This book is an up-to-date lexicon (dictionary) of modest price and scope for the student of biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. Until now, the English-speaking student of Hebrew has had to choose between expensive and complex large-scale lexicons or pocket-size glossaries that make no pretense of keeping abreast of current scholarship. This edition is ideal for the beginning to intermediate student of Biblical Hebrew, offering Hebrew words definitions needed to translate Old Testament passages. Hebrew words are arranged in Hebrew alphabetical order by root form. This lexicon does not use Strong's numbers. This edition is based on the first, second and third editions of Koehler-Baumgartner Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros. Edited by William A. Holladay. Familiarity with Biblical Hebrew necessary.


Based on the First, Second, and Third Editions of the Koehler-Baumgartner Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros, this abridgment-provides everything the student needs to translate an Old Testament passage.

WILLIAM HOLLADAY was for twenty-seven years the Lowry Professor of Old Testament at the Andover Newton Theological School; he taught for seven years at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut; and he served on the Old Testament Panel of the Committee for the translation of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. He is the author of Isaiah and Jeremiah (both Pilgrim Press) and the two-volume Jeremiah commentary in the Hermeneia series.


The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message Of the Aramaic Jesus [Hardcover]

I grew up in a multicultural family. My grandparents (both sides) were refugees from Europe with German, Jewish, Russian and Polish blood in their veins.  They followed their track to the ethnic neighbourhoods of Chicago, where my parents met and married.

I was raised by Christian parents who were both devout and freethinking. They brought into my early life the impulse to worship and praise, as well as to question everything that constricted and opposed the injunction "love your neighbour as yourself."  My father was a chiropractor, my mother a student of the health education of Edgar Cayce. They raised me with a respect for the body and the wonders of nature found therein, as well as a disdain for the superficial innovations of humanity that polluted both body and nature.

Hearing from childhood German, Yiddish and Polish in our home, raised on the stories and miracles of Jesus, taught the practical truth of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, I formed an interest in language, spirituality, the body and ecological justice early in life. In many ways, I have been pursuing these interests ever since.

After graduation from college in 1973, I pursued a career as a journalist in the fields of social justice, environmentalism and consumer protection for several years before turning to the following questions: Why do people change? What causes me to change?  Is there a more powerful level of  motivating change than that of ideas?  In pursuing these questions, I returned to interests I developed in college that centered on: the body and changes of attitude and behaviour, mystical and "expanded" states of consciousness, and the early pre-religious roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

I pursued some of this study academically through the University of California, Berkeley.  But most of it found me seeking out teachers from the native traditions of the Middle East, Pakistan and India who introduced me to the other modes and methods of learning as well as the body-oriented spiritual practices that accompanied this study.  Beginning in 1976, I was very privileged to study with the early students of the American Hebrew/Sufi mystic Samuel L. Lewis, who introduced me to the body prayer meditations called the Dances of Universal Peace.  One phase of this intense period of study led me on a three-month pilgrimage in 1979 to sacred sites and teachers in Turkey, Pakistan and India.

In 1982, I founded the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace (now based in Seattle, WA), a multicultural resource center for those who chose this form of peacemaking through the arts as their forum for both peace "demonstration" as well as spiritual practice.  Over the past 15 years, I have been actively involved in leading educational exchanges and citizen diplomacy trips with the Dances to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and to the Middle East.

From 1986 until 1996, I served as a faculty member of the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality and a member of the Core Faculty since 1990.  During its "golden age," the ICCS was a gathering place for scientists, artists, educators and learners from many different cultural and racial backgrounds. Many of our students were non-US citizens and I enjoyed the opportunity to teach and learn across the differences and within a rich field of diversity. This diversity, at its best, provided a sort of "quantum field" of uncertainty in which real inquiry and learning occurred for us all.

In September 1993, I co-led a group of students from Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada on a citizen diplomacy/educational trip to Jordan, Israel and Syria.  Serendipitously, this occurred exactly during the signing of the Israel-PLO accords.  We were greeted warmly and were able to share discussions and artistic and cultural exchanges with many different people from all the varied sides of the confrontation.  I continue work in this area, both individually, and collaboratively through the International Association of Sufism.

During my sabbatical to finish my doctorate, my then-partner Kamae A. Miller and I moved to Europe. It both allowed me to be nearer to my Middle Eastern connections and seemed more welcoming to the type of multicultural work we were both doing. I enjoyed the change from a bustling Northern California urban environment to the rolling farm fields of Thomas Hardy country in Dorset.

Since March 1999 I've lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, another multicultural arts and music center where I started the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning (www.eial.org). My fluency in German and some other European languages also enables me to continue educational exchanges and lectures throughout Europe.  In 2004, I co-founded, with Neill Walker, the Edinbrugh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (www.mesp.org.uk), which annually in March draws thousands of visitors to events across the city.  It is supported by the Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh.  Since 2006, I've been married to Natalia Lapteva, a Russian therapist and coach.

Aramaic Peshitta New Testament Translation by Janet M. Magiera (Hardcover - Aug 2006)

Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus by Rocco A. Errico (Paperback - Feb 1997)

Aramaic Peshitta New Testament Dictionary Number Lexicon by Janet M. Magiera (Hardcover - Mar 2009)

Aramaic Papyri of the Fifth Century B.C. by Ahikar (Paperback - Jan 2010)

ARAMAIC APPROACH TO THE GOSPELS AND ACTS by Matthew Black (Paperback - Nov 1998)

An Introduction to Aramaic by Frederick E. Greenspahn (Paperback - Aug 2003)

The Aramaic Gospels and Acts by Joseph Pashka (Paperback - Sep 2003)

The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Bohtan by Samuel Fox (Hardcover - Dec 2009)

This volume describes the Neo-Aramaic dialect that is spoken descendants of Christian villagers from a district in Southeast Turkey, now largely resident in Russia. This volume is based on fieldwork carried out by the author in Russia, Georgia, and the United States. The volume contains a historical introduction, a grammatical description, transcribed and translated texts, and a glossary with etymological notes.


The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Amedya by Jared Greenblatt (Hardcover - Nov 30 2010)

Grammar of Biblical Aramaic by F. Rosenthal (Paperback - Apr 13 2006)

Aramaic Sources of Mark's Gospel by Maurice Casey (Paperback - Apr 23 2007)

Excerpt - Page 1: "... all the local scripts involved have their origin in the Aramaic script used by the Achaemenid Persians. They differ also in ..."

Aramaic Ritual Texts from Persepolis by Raymond A. Bowman (Hardcover - Jan 1970)

Akkadian Influences on Aramaic by Stephen A. Kaufman (Paperback - Jun 1975)

Hebrew and Aramaic Dictionary by Georg Fohrer and W. Johnstone (Hardcover - Jul 17 1973)

Aramaic Sources of Mark's Gospel by Maurice Casey (Hardcover - Jan 13 1999)

Excerpt - Front Cover: "... Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 102 Aramaic sources of Mark's Gospel Maurice Casey ..."

The Aramaic Origin of the Fourth Gospel (1922) by Charles Fox Burney (Paperback - Feb 2008)

Aramaic Peshitta New Testament (Hardcover - Jan 1 1996)

Excerpt - Page 1: "... 1 INTRODUCTION: THE EGYPTOLOGICAL APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF ARAMAIC LEGAL FORMULAE Since the dawn of history and through the ..."

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