The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer (ARC010)

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This is a specialty 8-week course that was originally put together at Aramaic Designs and DARIUS for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Lord’s Prayer in Jesus’ mother tongue, Aramaic.

  • Course Syllabus & Information

1) What is So Special About the Lord’s Prayer?

  • This week’s lectures:
    • The Lord’s Prayer, its Context and History
    • The Lord’s Prayer in Greek
  • What to do:
    • Week 1’s Readings
    • Week 1’s Assignment

2) A (Brief) History of Aramaic & the Dialect of Jesus

  • This week’s lectures:
    • A History of the Language
      • The Aramaic Alphabet
      • Aramaic Grammar in a Nutshell (new; under construction)
    • The Aramaic of Jesus
      • What Evidence Do We Have?
      • What We’ve Deduced
  • What to do:
    • (We will soon have an alphabet quiz and flashcards module here.)
    • Week 2’s Assignment

3) The Syriac Peshitta Lord’s Prayer

  • This week’s lectures:
    • An Introduction to the Peshitta
    • The Peshitta Lord’s Prayer
  • What to do:
    • Week 3’s Readings
    • Week 3’s Assignment

4) Other Prayer Traditions

  • Other Syriac Lord’s Prayer Traditions:
    • The Other Syriac Traditions and Their Relation to Eachother
    • The Old Syriac Lord’s Prayer
    • Resource The Harklean Lord’s Prayer
  • Other Similar Prayers:
    • The Kaddish
  • What to do:
    • Week 4’s Readings
    • Week 4’s Assignment

5) Scholarly Reconstructions of the Lord’s Prayer

  • Reconstructing the Words of Jesus:
    • The Jesus Seminar
  • Individual Aramaic Reconstructions:
    • Joachim Jeremias’ Reconstruction
    • Joseph Fitzmyer’s Reconstruction
    • Bruce Chilton’s Reconstruction
    • Sebastian Brock’s Reconstruction
  • What to do:
    • Week 5’s Readings
    • Week 5’s Assignment

6) Modern Aramaic Traditions of the Lord’s Prayer

  • The Plight of Neo-Aramaic
  • Neo-Aramaic Examples:
    • The Lord’s Prayer in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic
    • The Lord’s Prayer of Ma’loula
    • The Modern Syriac Orthodox Lord’s Prayer
  • What to do:
    • Week 6’s Assignment
    • The Lord’s Prayer in Old English (For Comparison)

7) Odd Translations of the Lord’s Prayer

  • An “Ancient” Imagination
  • Notable “odd” translations:
    • G. J. Ouseley
    • George Lamsa & Rocco Errico
    • Neil Douglas Klotz
  • What to do:
    • Week 7’s Assignment

8) Conclusions, Thoughts & Final Paper

  • Assignment Final Paper Requirements & Submission

5 thoughts on “The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer (ARC010)

  1. ܐܡܪ ܠܗ ܝܫܘܥ ܠܬܥܠܐ ܢܩܥܐ ܐܝܬ ܠܗܘܢ ܘܠܦܪܚܬܐ ܕܫܡܝܐ ܡܛܠܠܐ ܒܪܗ ܕܝܢ ܕܐܢܫܐ ܠܝܬ ܠܗ ܐܝܟܐ ܕܢܣܡܘܟ ܪܫܗ

    Can you identify where is the text bar enosh there?

    Also what is the comprehensive definition of enosh?

  2. Teh’wey ra’uthak.
    May thy will be done.

    Why God telling us to ask Him to come later instead, now? Why do we want to tell God to hold off your kingdom till we ready to welcome His kingdom? God do answer our asking and we didn’t get answer from Him by saying “will” instead “now.” Why French’s our father use “now” instead “will?” (I asked my French friends about this) Or all of that simply mistranslated the original word?

    1. In this case “will” refers to “desire” or “wish.” It’s a petition that the speaker hopes that what God wants done is done on earth. The reason why the petition is in the “future” (or “imperfect” tense) is that this is the tense in which polite requests, as opposed to commands, are made. 🙂


  3. I cant view weeks 5-8 either?!

    My subscription said i should have access to all class material for the ARC010 and 100.

    But neither have changed at all!

  4. I cant view weeks 5-8 either?!

    My subscription said i should have access to all class material for the ARC010 and 100.

    But neither have changed at all.

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