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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

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

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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

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dr-archeville: Ancient & Magickal Alphabets Cuneiform Hieratic (“shorthand cursive hieroglyphs”) Demotic (Egyptian; not to be confused with Demotic Greek) Hebrew alphabet (note that there are many versions of the Hebrew language) Greek alphabet Futhark runic alphabet Ogham (“Celtic Tree alphabet”) Pictish Theban alphabet, aka Honorian alphabet or Runes of Honorius Chaldean (the Syriac alphabet?) Malachim alphabet Magi, Alphabet of the Celestial Alphabet/Angelic Script (not to be ...

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

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from Religion Prof: The Blog of James F. McGrath

Syriac, Aramaic, and Mandaic: Learn One Language, Three Dialects, For The Price Of Five Alphabets

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. Syriac is a Middle Aramaic language.

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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 Religion Prof: The Blog of James F. McGrath

Syriac, Aramaic, and Mandaic: Learn One Language, Three Dialects, For The Price Of Five Alphabets

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. Syriac is a Middle Aramaic language.

The Armenian alphabet is an alphabet that has been used to write the Armenian language since the year 405 or 406. It was introduced by Saint Mesrop Mashtots, an Armenian linguist and ecclesiastical leader, and originally contained 36 letters. Direction: Left-to-right. Time period: 405 to present. Parent systems: modeled on Greek, possibly Pahlavi and Syriac influences.

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