Tuesday, 22 April 2008

A Lament for Aramaic

When is a language officially dead? An article in today’s New York Times is virtually an obituary for Aramaic, a language until very recently spoken as aa first language in a few villages in Syria. More disturbing than the virtual loss of the language of Jesus (Mel Gibson's efforts notwithstanding) is the reason for its demise – the collapse of the Christian culture of the region. Marana tha! (1 Cor 16:22)

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