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An Aramaic understanding of Jesus? Oct 7, 2006
I'd like to give Stephen Andrew Missick's book 'The Words of Jesus In the Original Aramaic', 5 stars, but truth be told, Mr. Missick's book needs a good typo hunter and then needs to be rewritten.
I don't know if Mr. Missick was hurried to write this book by an editor who wanted to ride the wave of popularity that Mel Gibson's movie 'The Passion of the Christ' brought to the Aramaic language, or not.
But there are some really redeeming things that CAN be said for this book.
1. Mr. Missick introduce's us to the ancient surviving Christian peoples of the Middle East who still actually speak Aramaic (Syriac really, a dialect of Aramaic) both in their liturgy, and in their daily lives.
2. The last two chapters of this book will more than make up for all of it's typo's and it's slow beginning.
A. This chapter tells us about seven Aramaic principles for followers of Jesus.
Repentence, faith, confession, baptism, profession, worship, and discipleship. This chapter is rich in both Aramaic words and understanding.
B. The last chapter is the best one in the book, it's called 'Golgotha, Aramaic and the Passion of King Messiah'.
Mr. Missick decides to give us over 60 pages on Christ's Passion, and how it can be better understood in the light of the Aramaic language.
This chapter simply shines, and makes up for the poor proof reading (if any) of this book.
If you want to understand the Passion of Messiah with an Aramaic understanding, than you really need to read this chapter.
I left this book wondering just how Mr. Missick could be so informed as he is about Yeshua's (Jesus') use of the Aramaic language, and still believe that the New Testament was originally written in GREEK. Strange.
This is only an introduction to an Aramaic understanding of Yeshua (Jesus), but for a beginner, it might be enough.
Mr. Missick promises to write another book on this same subject, let us hope that it will contain teaching's that are more through on the Aramaic language, and it's use by Christ and the early Mid Eastern Christians, and that it will be proof read, BEFORE being published!
I chose to give this book 4 (NOT 3 stars,as this site shows here) stars for the reasons stated above.