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MAALULA

If Jesus Christ came back to the Holly land and undertook a several hundreds kilometers long journey northwards, he would understand the local people.The Aramaic language has been outliving for two thounds years since the Saviour´s death. About 50 km on the west of Syrian metropolis, 1600 m above the sea level is the village of MAALULA. Surrounded by the desolated slopes of Kalamun mountains the place looks like oasis. The great number of houses built on terraced stairs climbs up the steep rock. The diversity of the whole cluster of buildings is replenished by the vari-coloured facades, some are pastel yellow, blue and light violet. Southwards where the rock stand apart is the village bordered by the green zone. The exuberant fig-trees, orchad of apricots and the lines of grapes separate its inhabitants from the inhospitable surroundings. Today´s inhabitants of Málua are direct follower of the Semitic tribes, which used to occupy the Syrian desert and a part of Mazopotamia sice 14th century B.C. The old manuscripts mention the names of these tribes as Aramu or Ahlamu. The Aramaic people were devided into many kingdoms which weren´t firmly conected to each other. Their badly organized army as well as their inner disunity resulted later the fall of the Aramaic society. They were defeated by always stronger competitor – Assyrians. The Aramaic language – the language of Jesus Christ In the 8th century B.C. was the Aramaic language used from Egypt to present Iran. The Aramaic people were replaced by the Assyrians, but the language remained the same. 300 years late also the Persians adopted the language. The usage of the language broadend together with their expansion. The dokumets from 3 century years B.C., which were found in India proved, that the Aramaic language was used even in the Middle Assia. After the Jew´s return from the Babylonian captivity the Aramaic language became domesticated even on the Palestinian land and the part of the Old Testament was writen with this language. It was mainly used in the common language and it finally replaced the Hebrew. The Hebrew became liturgical language. We suppose that on the territory of present Izreal people used Arameic language till the second century A.D. It is then evident, that the Aramaic language used to be the language of Jesus Christ. In contrast to many othe antiant languages the Aramaic language is very rich in expressions. The translator who deals with translating of the historical texts must be very erudite and must have understanding for long past train of thought. For the written form of the language was used the square writing.


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