An Aramaic dialect, called Syriac, has been the traditional liturgical language of the ancient Christian groups found in south-eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, Syria and northern Iran.
They were allowed to keep their Aramaic liturgy.
This plain-looking limestone box carries the Aramaic inscription, ‘James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.’
He was an educated man, who spoke ancient Hebrew, Aramaic , Yiddish, Torah and English.
The choice of Latin and Aramaic languages with subtitles does add an air of believability to the period setting.
He was a man of immense learning, with a wide knowledge of the sciences and of languages: Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic .
There are sections devoted to the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic languages, to warfare, the arts and law.
As the Arab Empire grew, Arabic replaced the Aramaic , Coptic, Greek, and Latin languages and became the main instrument of Arab culture.
Arabic displaced Coptic and Aramaic in the Near East as people converted to Islam, from the seventh century through the medieval period.
In the centuries following the end of the Nabatean kingdom, the Arabs in Syria and Jordan and probably those who had settled in southern Iraq gradually started using the Nabatean Aramaic script to write their spoken language, Arabic.