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Aramaic

Scholars have deciphered three ancient psalms.

Karel van der Toorn
May 3 2018 12:01AM

It’s because of demons.

April 5 2017 12:01AM

The classic work of Jewish mysticism is filled with wordplay.

Daniel C. Matt
March 18 2016 12:01AM

Once an international language, it is now in danger of extinction.

John McWhorter
Sept. 16 2015 12:01AM

“Within hours of the momentous discovery, the writing started to fade.”

Nir Hasson and Ruth Schuster
Aug. 7 2015 12:01AM

The first written reference to the magical utterance was in a Roman text. Did it have earlier roots?

July 2 2015 12:01AM

The decision of a group of Arabic-speaking Christians in Israel to identify themselves as Arameans—and not as Arabs—has deep roots in their history. By officially. . .

Aryeh Tepper
Jan. 8 2015 12:01AM

Israel recently decided, at the behest of Christian religious leaders, to recognize those Arabic-speaking Christians who wish to identify themselves as “Arameans.” This has raised. . .

Nov. 4 2014 12:01AM

In its murderous rampage through northern Iraq, ISIS has all but exterminated one of the world’s oldest languages by scattering its mainly Christian speakers. 

Ross Perlin
Aug. 18 2014 12:01AM

A jar from the 11th or 10th century BCE, discovered near Jerusalem, may point to widespread Israelite literacy at the time of King David. 

Robin Ngo
May 13 2014 12:01AM