I don’t get into arguments about which translation came first and how each translation came about; clearly, Aramaic was the language Jesus spoke, so it makes a lot of sense to start there.
Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) April 29, 2014
“What we’ve heard of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels is not wrong; it’s just that the volume has been turned down a bit low sometimes,” says Dale Allen Hoffman, an internationally recognized Aramaic Scholar and Theologian. As Dale explains the “turning down” of the volume has occurred partly because much of the meaning that can be derived from Jesus’ teachings in Aramaic has been lost in translation. “I don’t get into arguments about which translation came first and how each translation came about; clearly, Aramaic was the language Jesus spoke, so it makes a lot of sense to start there,” Dale says.
By faithfully translating the words of Jesus from Aramaic, Dale’s scholarly interpretation offers revealing and sometimes stunning insights into some of the best known teachings from the Gospels. These insights are backed by years of research into the Aramaic language, its dialects, idioms and the context in which it would have been spoken over 2,000 years ago. By rigorously taking into account the idioms of the time, using the closest known dialect to the one Jesus would have spoken, Dale helps modern day listeners hear and understand Jesus’ words in the Gospels as his audience might have heard them. With all the textures and nuances Aramaic audiences would have understood. “The Greek Language and even the Latin Language simply couldn't hold all of the meaning the Aramaic language would have held for its listeners,” Dale observes.
As a result of these variances in language, Dale demonstrates that the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount beginning with, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven,” are not only a set of deeply profound spiritual promises but when translated from the original Aramaic they can also be seen as a step-by-step process for obtaining a deeper relationship with God. Similarly the Lord’s Prayer spoken and translated directly from Aramaic unveils a timeless beauty and estimable depth that can only be truly heard and felt form the vibrant melodies of Jesus’ mother tongue.
Dale Allen Hoffman will be appearing in Cleveland, Saturday May 17th at the Cleveland Airport Marriott from 10am-3pm. Seating is $40 per person and seating is limited. To reserve seating in advance contact the Spirituality Conference Group at 216-682-5966 or visit: http://www.spiritualityconferencegroup.org/
Seating will be available the day of the show on a first come first served basis.
To find out more about Dale Allen Hoffman visit http://www.daleallenhoffman.com