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  • Thomas Daniel
    Groups try to revive Aramaic, language of both Abraham, Jesus By Gil Sedan JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (JTA) ����� What do these three locales have in common: a remote
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      Groups try to revive Aramaic, language of both Abraham, Jesus
      By Gil Sedan

      JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (JTA) — What do these three locales have in
      common: a remote village in Syria; Sydney, Australia; and the Old
      City of Jerusalem? The answer is: Aramaic, a dominant language in the ancient world.

      Now, Jews, Christians, Arabs and others are trying to preserve the
      language of our sages and of Jesus

      And they are doing so not only in the Middle East. In Sydney,
      Christian emigrants from Syria and local academics have joined
      forces in an effort to preserve the language, which for all intents
      and purposes is dead.

      "There is a real danger that the language will be forgotten, and we
      shall do everything possible to preserve it," said Archbishop
      Sewerios Malki Murad, head of the Assyrian Church in Israel, the
      West Bank and Jordan.

      By "everything possible" he means even cooperating with the small
      number of Jews who used to speak the language in their native
      Kurdistan until they immigrated to Israel several decades ago......

      http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/Groupstrytorevive.html

      .......So far, Jews and Arabs have not joined forces to preserve the
      language they used to share; each community works separately in an
      uphill effort. The most impressive effort is that of the Syrian
      Christian community in Sydney, which publishes newspapers and books
      in Aramaic and even operates a radio station in Aramaic.

      The scene in Israel is gloomier. Archbishop Murad of the Assyrian
      Church in Jerusalem admitted that he was not even aware of the fact
      that some Jews spoke the language. He said he was interested in
      closing ranks in defense of the language — but even Murad and his
      small Jerusalem community switch to Arabic as soon as services are
      over

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