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Aramaic Inscription Found in Kursi (Near the Sea of Galilee)

The ancient slab found near the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday | Photo credit: Jennifer Munro
The ancient slab found near the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday | Photo credit: Jennifer Munro

A 1,500-year-old marble slab found on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee Wednesday provides the first real proof of ancient Jewish settlement in the area, archaeologists say. The large slab, which bears an Aramaic inscription in Hebrew script, was dug up on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday as part of an ongoing excavation in the ancient town of Kursi.

Experts say the slab probably dates to around 500 C.E., when the Hebrew alphabet was used by Jews and some local Christian communities. This suggest that Kursi was either a Jewish community or a mixed Christian-Jewish settlement. Researchers could only discern two words: “Amen” and “Marmaria,” the latter possibly referring to Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Take the sensational claims with a grain of salt. There needs to be a much more thorough study of this inscription before jumping to conclusions. The rest of the article can be found here:

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=30487

Update: From what I can see, it truly is in Galilean Aramaic. The orthography is what I’d expect to see (the plene spelling in words like סייע [“helps”] and use of ה for final a vowels like what looks like אתרה [“the synagogue” or “the place”] and יקרה ד [“the honor of”]). Unfortunately, it’s so cracked and crumbling it’s hard to make out full sentences. I’m really looking forward to seeing some better pictures. 🙂

Peace,
-Steve

New Book: A Cultural History of Aramaic – From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam

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Holger Gzella, University of Leiden

Galilean Aramaic Workshop & Classes (In-Person and Online)

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So, now it is time to announce an upcoming worshop on Galilean Aramaic in March as well as start finding what times work for both in-person and online Galilean Aramaic classes. Polls for the classes are below.

Galilean Aramaic: Speaking The Language of Christ

Registration is $50 (and waivers will be available for those in need) and it’s happening on March 28th, 2015 from 1PM to 4PM. It’s a condensed 3 hour workshop which goes over history, the basics of reading, writing, and speaking and some storytelling and conversation. The fee also covers printed learning materials.

For more information — and registration — for this event click here.

The In-Person Galilean 1 Class

Registration will be $100 (waivers also available). It will meet one hour, twice a week for four weeks (8 sessions total) at Christ Church New Brunswick and will cover introductory conversational (spoken) material, reading, writing, memorization, and recitation. Each student will keep a S’far Da‘watha (“Book of Knowledge” or “Book of Opinions,” a journal of one’s work and inspirations) in which to keep their notes and musings.

If it is well received, this class will become the first step towards a certificate program that will award, to accomplished students who pass written and oral exams, the title Talmid Leshana (“Student of the Language”).

The following poll will be used to help schedule the class.

You’ll need to be logged in with a free account in order to cast a vote (for coordination purposes). Either click here or click “Log In” on the menubar to get set up.

When can you attend a live IN-PERSON class in New Brunswick, NJ? (Select one or more)

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The Online Galilean 1 Class

Registration will be $100 (waivers also available). It will meet one hour, twice a week for four weeks (8 sessions total) broadcast via webcam and will cover the same material as the In-Person class.

You’ll need to be logged in with a free account in order to cast a vote (for coordination purposes). Either click here or click “Log In” on the menubar to get set up.

When can you attend a live ONLINE class? (Select one or more; Times in EST)

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Lesson on Aramaic Numbers Up!

counting 1-100

The bulk of the next lesson on counting is up! Click here to view it.

Presently the lesson is complete for numbers between 1 and 100, and — where the slides are up — I’m putting the final edits on the audio for how numbers up to and beyond 10,000 work as well as the final part which goes over Aramaic numerical notation for both numerals ( = 1,234) and gematria ( = 1,234).

Peace,
-Steve