Category Archives: Aramaic Blog

Quick Bug Fix on

A worm-eaten Arabic manuscript.
I found a bug!… erm… A lot of them…. well, crap.

So I noticed that the blogger redirects weren’t working properly anymore for some reason – bringing folks from the old URLs to the home page and leaving them there without any clue as to where to find the articles they were after.

That should be fixed now. 🙂


So Where Have I Been?

So yeah, the past year has been a bit all over the place, and I have not really had the time to properly update I’ve been dealing with a new house, a new son (Ozzie, our 4th kid), and a new tenure-track position in the Computer Science Department at Raritan Valley. Exciting stuff. 🙂

Now that some of that is settling (although we’re still not quite unpacked despite being here for a few months…) I’m hoping to focus some more on some Aramaic-related things, such as:

  • My Galilean Aramaic grammar that I’ve been working on for God-knows-how-long. GlossaHouse has expressed interest in publishing it – provided I can force myself to finish it without endless just-one-more-revision-itis.
  • Getting the third series of Aramaic Lord’s Prayer Bracelets off the ground. My sister and I are having this series cast by Danforth Pewter so we can keep up with demand, and for those who want something more rugged than fine pewter, some other options in stainless steel and leather are being spearheaded by my other half.
  • Considering options for some Aramaic-related multimedia and research projects with students over at RVCC (lexical databasing for Galilean, interactive learning tools, etc.).

So you’ll hopefully see some more of me on here soon. 🙂


Pope Francis Given Copy of Tel Dan Stele

Pope tel dan stele

According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in honor of Pope Francis’ visit, President Rivlin gave him a copy of what appears to be the Tel Dan Stele — the inscription that famously mentions the “House of David”.

717. EARLY ARAMAIC INSCRIPTION FOUND IN DAN, DATING FROM THE  9TH. C. BC. THE TEXT MENTIONS THE BATTLE OF BEN HADAD KING OF ARAM AGAINST THE "HOUSE OF DAVID", MEANING ONE OF THE KINGS OF ISRAEL  "And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali."  I KINGS 15:20
בית דוד  or “House of David” hilighted.

From the article:

The gift was chosen in particular as an expression of the deep roots shared by Judaism and Christianity, and as King David is regarded by both Judaism and Christianity as the founder of the House of David, revered in tradition as being from which would come the redemption of humanity, and from whom the Messiah would be descended.