22 December 2010
New Biblical Language Classes at Oxford University
Today's Guardian website reports the interesting story of how Oxford University has begun classes in Aramaic, which have proved very popular and are attended by, among others, leading academics from across the country. Jesus, of course, spoke a version of Aramaic (an Aramaic dialect was used in The Passion movie), while the endangered language was also widely spoken by Jews in Israel during the Second Temple period. The story, which is worth a read, can be found here.