Saturday, September 01, 2018

Moderator Notes

As for me and my house, I am continuing to learn to read and write Syriac Eastern Archaic. As you may remember, this was Jesus’ native language and only language for most of the Nazritzii, citizens of Nazareth of synagogue members, he taught. You may also remember that speaking in any language other than Syriac while in the synagogue was forbidden.

Aramaic is a subset of the dialects of Hebrew selected as a polyglot, or many dialects jammed together. Aramaic is not generally used by Linguists but is useless for dialectic research. One denomination may include Syriac or versions of Hebrew but another may not. Example: Mashiachii, or messiah follower, is from Syriac Eastern Dialect and located in the Syriac Eastern area, but Mashiachim, also meaning Messiah follower, marks the word as being used in the Jerusalem area. As a general rule 'ii' suffix comes from Nazareth and 'im' is used Jerusalem. Even the names of the twenty two alphabetic characters are changed with location. Precise research is possible if your lexicon (dictionary) is sensitive to the dialects. Aramaic research as to location and time is not possible using the Aramaic polyglots nor is Aramaic supported at King's College. We are indeed fortuate that Dr. George M. Lamsa spent several years finding the nuances of and publishing a lexicon of just the two Syriac principal dialects. It is now possible to research both the old and the new Syriacs, and one of Lamsa’s students did a similar research with Arabic and both Syriacs. Dr. Lamsa's publication of the lexicon was in 1935, and was listed by linguists the same year and in the intervening time through 2012. Only two pages of corrections have been published.

The Peshitta, or the New Testament translated to Greek, and the Peshitto, or the New Testament translated to Arabic, show large diversions when compared. The Peshitto is in closer agreement to the sayings of Jesus’ gospels. There are gatherings of Mashiachii in many cities, and gatherings of the followers of the Messiah meeting in the local synagogue.

Question of the week: Absolute truth is needed in this day and time! Where and How is absolute truth found?

Thank you for your prayers for our church. Think - if we as a church need to have things that are absolute truth, do we need God's works, or miracles, to testify? In the bible, does the production of miracles in the presence of a teacher testify to God as well? They are the evidence that God has His hand in what Jesus does.

Bless you and all of your house,
—Paul Kohler