Bed in Syriac Aramaic

 Bed is Syriac is maḍmho (ܡܰܕܡܟܳܐ).

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Ezra in Aramaic (4:8)

Ezra 4:8

This is the first verse from the book Ezra of the Old Testament
written in Aramaic.

KJV –Rehnum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

 רְח֣וּם בְּעֵל־טְעֵ֗ם וְשִׁמְשַׁי֙ סָֽפְרָ֔א כְּתַ֛בוּ אִגְּרָ֥ה חֲדָ֖ה עַל־יְרוּשְׁלֶ֑ם לְאַרְתַּחְשַׁ֥שְׂתְּא מַלְכָּ֖א כְּנֵֽמָא׃

rǝḥûm bǝʿēl-ṭǝʿēm wǝšimšay sāpǝrāʾ kǝtabû ʾiggǝrâ ḥădâ ʿal-yǝrûšǝlem lǝʾartaḥšaśtǝʾ melekh kǝnēmāʾ

רְח֣וּם- rǝḥûm- Rehum (name)
בְּעֵל -bǝʿēl -lord
טְעֵ֗ם - ṭǝʿēm - chancellor
וְשִׁמְשַׁי֙ - wǝšimšay -and Shimsai (sunny), satrap of Judaea
וְ - wǝ - and
סָֽפְרָ֔א - sāpǝrāʾ - scribe
כְּתַ֛בוּ - kǝtabû - wrote
אִגְּרָ֥ה - ʾiggǝrâ - letter
חֲדָ֖ה עַ - ḥădâ - a, one
עַל - ʿal - against
יְרוּשְׁלֶ֑ם - yǝrûšǝlem - Jerusalem (teaching of peace)
לְ - lǝ - to
אַרְתַּחְשַׁ֥שְׂתְּא - ʾartaḥšaśtǝʾ - Artaxerxes
מַלְכָּ֖א - melekh - the king
כְּנֵֽמָא - kǝnēmāʾ - sort, of this sort


Merry Christmas in Syriac Aramaic.


ܥܹܐܕ݂ܵܘܟ݂ܘܿܢ ܒܪܝܼܟ݂ܵܐ! ܥܹܐܕ݂ܵܐ ܕܡܵܘܠܵܕܹܗ ܕܡܵܪܲܢ ܝܑܼܫܘܿܥ ܡܫܝܼܚܵܐ ܗܵܘܹܐ ܒܪܝܼܟ݂ܵܐ ܥܲܠ ܟܘܼܠܵܘܟ݂ܘܿܢ. 

Classical Syriac

ܒܪܝܟ ܡܘܠܕܐ ܕܡܪܢ

Brikh mawlada de'maran.

Merry Christmas.

Brikh - happy - ܒܪܝܟ

Mawlada - birth - ܡܘܠܕܐ

De - of -ܕ

Maran - our Lord - ܡܪܢ


Evening in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic.


Evening is noospa in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic. 

Chaldean is considered a sister language of Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Linguistically these two are dialects of the same language but often they are classified as different languages due to political reasons.

Chaldeans ,the Kaldāye (ܟܲܠܕܵܝܹܐ) as their are known in the Chaldean language are Assyrian Catholics adherent to Chaldean Catholic Church.

Chaldean Catholics from Marcin,Turkey,19nth century.

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A Chaldean American success story.


Aramaic coin of Baaltars.



Baaltars (combination of Baal and Tarsus) was the guardian god of the city of Tarsus in the Persian Empire.

Baal originally ment lord or owner in Northwest Semitic languages but it came to mean god.

In the left of the coin there are the Aramaic letters TN and an M under the throne. The coin's backside reads MZDI in Aramaic which is Mazday or Mazaios the Persian satrap of Cilicia.

AR Stater, 361/360-334 BC, Tarsus,Cilicia.

The lion attacking the bull was a common imagery at Persepolis-the religious capital of the Persian Empire.

Combat between lion and bull (Persepolis).


I 'm confused. Aramaic,Amharic,Armenian.

Is Aramaic Amharic or Armenian?

Of course not. They are all separate languages.

There is quite a lot of people out there that mistake Amharic or Armenian for Aramaic just because their name has three same letters 'Arm' and it sounds more or less the similar to them.

Semitic languages.

Aramaic and Amharic

Aramaic and Amharic are distant relatives both belonging to the Semitic language family. They belong to different branches of the family. 

Semitic languages were/are Hebrew, Phoenician,Arabic,Tigrinya and Maltese.

Aramaic is a Northwest Semitic language first spoken in Upper Mesopotamia while Amharic is a south Semitic language which first appeared in the area of modern day Ethiopia.

Amharic is called አማርኛ Amarenna, sounding like Aramaic.

Aramaic originated in what is nowadays northern Iraq, Northwestern Syria and Southeastern Turkey. It became a major language and spread all over the so-called Fertile Crescent and the native one for many peoples like the Jews besides the Arameans who first spoke it.

Read also When did the Jews shift to Aramaic?

A dialect of Aramaic, Galilean Aramaic is believed to have been the native language of Jesus Christ.

Aramaic is still spoken to this day in pockets in the Middle East in various countries and in the West by the diaspora. These are the Neo-Aramaic languages like Assyrian Neo-Aramaic which has the biggest number of Speakers their estimate ranging from half to one million.

All Semitic languages share a common ancestor and a similar common shared vocabulary. And that is as close as Aramaic and Amharic get.

Semitic languages belong to a bigger language family called Afro-asiatic. Ancient Egyptian and its' descendant Coptic were Afro-asiatic languages.

Armenian and Aramaic

Armenian has no connection to Aramaic whatsoever. It originated in the Caucasus and it is an Indo-european language as opposed to Aramaic which is a Semitic one.

The only similarity they have between them is that their name sounds similar in English.

Medieval Armenia.

So,no Aramaic is not Armenian nor Amharic. They are all different.


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