Interesting Facts About the Aramaic Language
Posted on August 6, 2014 by Chris
Aramaic is a language that is connected to the Semitic family. This means that more than one language is linked to Aramaic. The languages that are most closely related include Hebrew and Phoenician.
The Aramaic script is what was widely used by other languages and adopted over time and it is likely this is what was used to create the modern Arabic and Hebrew alphabets that were popularised. Taking a closer look at the Aramaic language will give you a newfound appreciation for this dialect that is rooted in history and significance.
Language of Empires and Spirituality
The Aramaic language has a history that spans more than 3,000 years and is connected to many empires over time. Not only was this the empire administration, but it also is a language that was closely linked to religion and deities. Aramaic language is so rooted in history, that it is the language that Jesus Christ most likely spoke. The biblical books that are most closely linked to the usage of Aramaic language include Daniel and Ezra. Ancient churches of this time period used Aramaic language more than any other dialect. It had great popularity and influence at this time in history. There were a few variations of Aramaic language that were slightly different and unique. Jewish Aramaic is one of the most popular variations and was not completely similar to traditional Aramaic of the time. This variation of Aramaic can be seen on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The people of Bahrain before Islam used only the Aramaic language.
Popularity of Aramaic Language
The popularity of this language is what led to the diversity and widespread use that ultimately yielded many different variations. Many of these variation of Aramaic are not different enough to be classified as a new language, but some are. Modern Aramaic is still spoken today by some living in Jewish, Christian or Mandean groups nearby West Asia. However, it is nowhere near as popular as it once was and the creation of separate languages is what has caused Aramaic to be slightly endangered. No matter what the fate of this language is over time, it will still have a deep history and has a claim to fame as the language that Jesus likely used. Language shifts throughout the Middle East are common and likely paved the way for the end of the Aramaic language over time.