In the green hills of the Galilee, a group of Aramaic speakers looking to revive the language of Jesus are celebrating a victory in their quest to safeguard their heritage.
Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded pointed words — over the language spoken by Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.
Facebook users are always looking for ways to make their statuses stand out on the uber-popular social network. One user has put a unique spin on the quest for original updates, tapping into the ancient Semitic language of Aramaic to create an entire page in the Canaanite tongue.
Maronite Christians are a tiny minority among Israel’s Arabs. They hope to revive their ancient Aramaic language, which Jesus spoke, and win communal recognition.
Does the famed toast ‘l’chaim’ date back to a Byzantine custom of testing wine for poison? Philologos prefers to believe it evolved from an ancient expression meaning, ‘all right.’
Somehow, it’s not surprising that Jews, who are known to answer a question with a question, may have invented the question mark.