Reviews - What do customers think about Aramaic Old Testament: Commonly Known as the Peshitta Tanakh?
faded print in various places, and text too small Jun 4, 2005
I hope that the Aramaic Bible Society will publish a complete Aramaic Bible along with the Apocrypha, at least for its historical value. I want all 27 books of the Western canon too, please. Vowel points and clear, unblemished text would also help, especially for beginners of the language, such as myself and others. Some like myself and others want to return to the ancient Natzarean path that Yeshua from Natzaret and His disciples lived.
Now I will rant on to the negative review of this document. The aforementioned title of this review describes this book. This book is a replication of a 1954 Trinitarian Bible Society edition of the Aramaic Tanakh. It wouldn't surprise me if the Apocrypha was removed by the choice of the TBS, a heavily Protestant organization. No, the Apocrypha isn't scripture, but should be there for its history. Not everyone will agree, but I will leave that to the individual's choice and Yahweh's Spirit of Holiness for conviction.
There is one plus I will mention: a wide margin for notetaking. But this may not be necessary, only had the size of the text been larger.
The United Bible Society edition of the Aramaic Bible isn't that great. Only raw consonants in the Tanakh, and faded consonants and vowels in the Apocrypha and Renewed Covenant don't help either.
Many Messianics/Nazarenes are dissatisfied with the Greek New Testament traditions as well as the flaws (some purposeful) in the Masoretic Tanakhs.
It is my hope that this long forgotten language be restored. It isn't as strong as Hebrew, but it's a sister of Hebrew. Wasn't Aramaic the lingua franca of Israel in the first century of the common era? Would a restoration of Aramaic be only a journey to the past? Or will it open the eyes of many churchians and thus lead them to a proper Semitic understanding of their faith? And wouldn't this allow conviction from Yahweh's Spirit for them to repent of practicing the heathen traditions they have been taught, and teach, and still practice?
Yeshua didn't start Christianity, and neither did Shaul from Tarshish (Paul the emissary). Constantine, the old pagan wolf, did at the council of Nicea in March 325 CE! This anti-Semitic heathen threw all Jewish believers in Yeshua away from the council. This started Churchianity and also the split of the "Church" and the "Synagogue." Now it's time for the Jew and the non-Jew to repent of their wickednesses and be Israel once again in the Yeshua the Messiah.
Back to the point: Hebrew has been restored, and I believe that Aramaic should as well. Amen.