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'Ancient' Syriac bible found in Cyprus

Rare antique Bible manuscript written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus - thought to be 2,000 years old


ARAMAIC The Aramaic language was the international trade language of the ancient Middle East between 1000 and 600 BCE, spoken from the Mediterranean coast to the borders of India. Its script, derived from Phoenician and first attested during the 9th century BCE, also became extremely popular and was adopted by many people with or without any previous writing system


My grandmother was fluent in Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic). I'm only a quarter Assyrian, but I'd love to learn the language someday.


The Arabic alphabet is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right to left, in a cursive style, and includes 28 letters. Because letters usually stand for consonants, it is classified as an abjad. Time period: 400 to the present. Parent systems: Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Nabataean.


Syriac Christian Bible- written in Ancient Aramaic dialect, Aramaic speaking people residing in this period used the Bible as a source of of inspiration and for guidance in daily living. 120 CE

from The Atlantic

The Eerie Beauty of Rare Alphabets

Syriac began as an unwritten spoken dialect of Old Aramaic in northern Mesopotamia. Syriac is a dialect of Middle Aramaic that was once spoken across much of the Fertile Crescent. Having first appeared as a script in the 1st century AD after being spoken as an unwritten language for five centuries, Classical Syriac became a major literary language throughout the Middle East from the 4th to the 8th centuries, the classical language of Edessa, preserved in a large body of Syriac literature.


"Magic Bowl" with text in Aramaic, ca. 5th-7th centuries C.E. Wolfe collection, Jerusalem; courtesy of Lenny Wolfe.