- Syriac still exists as the primary language in two mountain villages
northwest of Damascus. It is not the same dialect as Palestinian
Aramaic or the Galilean dialect of Western Aramaic spoken in
the 1st century.
Jacob Knee wrote:
> Here's a list most of the 'churches of the east' who see themselves as
> sharing a common syriac heritage:
> A. Church of the East (Eastern Part)
> a) Assyrian Church of the East - New Calendar
> b) Assyrian Church of the East - Old Calendar
> c) Chaldean Catholic Church
> d) Malabar Catholic Church
> B. Church of the East (Western Part)
> a) Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch including its church in India
> b) Syrian Orthodox of the autocephalous Church of India
> c) Syrian Catholic Church
> d) Maronite Catholic Church
> e) Malankara Catholic Church
> Here are a few web sites if you're interested:
> Assyrian Church of the East (so called Nestorian)
> Syrian Orthodox Church (so called Jacobite or Monophysite)
> Mar Thoma Church (India)
> (As you might imagine the faithful in the Middle East have not had a
> terribly easy time for quite a bit....but they still just about survive and
> there are also syriac churches in the United States. But I wonder if syriac
> is still the first language for _any_ of the faithful - anyone know?)
> I have a tape of some part of the liturgy sung in Syriac - I presume it is
> the eucharist - but I'm unsure - anyone speak Syriac?
> Best wishes,
> Jacob Knee
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-crosstalk@...
> > [mailto:owner-crosstalk@...]On Behalf Of Jack Kilmon
> > Sent: 01 July 1998 04:31
> > To: joe baxter
> > Cc: crosstalk@...
> > Subject: Re: ISHO!
> > joe baxter wrote:
> > > Does anyone know much about the Thomas church with current followers who
> > > still speak Aramaic, the lingua franca of the earliest
> > christianity? The
> > > man we call Jesus and Y'shu, they call him, in their old
> > tongue, ISHO! --
> > > where the I is sounded like ee.
> > On the Malabar coast in India.
> > > Who out there knows Aramaic? Based on the extant Aramaic scriptures, how
> > > would his name be sounded? Would this not be his name as he was known?
> > His name was y$w( br ywsf (yeshOOOa bar yoSEF.) The final ayin of his
> > name would have been dropped in the Galilean Dialect and his mom would
> > have called him YESHooo. The Thomas Christians in India still used a
> > Syriac (Aramaic) text though most speak Malayalam.
> > Jack
> > jkilmon@...