3 June 2015 – Lapidomedia, David Knowles

The survival of Syriac Christianity, across almost two thousand years of history, is in peril. The churches that make up the Syriac Christian tradition boast some of the oldest liturgy in Christendom. They believe themselves to be the first non-ethnically Jewish people to believe in Christ. What every Aramaic person brags about is the fact that Jesus spoke their language.

Aramaic, of which Syriac is a major dialect, was the lingua franca of the Middle East (along with, in places, Greek) from the 6th century BCE until the sudden rise of Arabic in the 7thcentury CE.

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