A service devoted to the Aramaic spirituality of Jesus
Jesus was an Aramaic-speaking Jew born near the bottom of the social and economic pecking order of his time and place. He grew up in a world where Hebrew was the language of religion, though his daily language was Galilean Aramaic. Greek was the language of learning and literature, and Latin was the language of power and government. His Aramaic words come to us from a New Testament written in Greek, translated into Latin, and then into English hundreds of years after Jesus first spoke them.
Our understanding of ideas is shaped by both our culture and our language. With so many cultural and linguistic filters between us and Jesus, we might do well to consider the migration of Jesus’ words through cultures, languages, and theories of translation. Can we still hear what Jesus said? Because the Aramaic generates more meanings, the differences are sometimes startling and always enlightening.
Using readings from Neil Douglas-Klotz, sounds of the Aramaic as a platform, movement, along with chant – S.T.A.R. Friend, Theresa Horton – will guide us through a meditation offering a fresh way of understanding the Aramaic spirituality of Jesus. She will take us back to the Aramaic, sharing multiple meanings, possible puns and clarify the very different mind-set of both Hebrew and Aramaic, as opposed to the Greek we have inherited. Her studies with Douglas-Klotz, along with her personal, 30-year independent study … plus, her facility with languages, humor, infectious enthusiasm and deep personal spirituality … will all contribute to the richness of this service in the season of Lent.
Theresa Horton is an attorney in Greenville, whose practice focuses on legal issues around aging and dying. She was one of the early ‘small house’ enthusiasts, is very creative and has a number of different interests.
Refreshments and Connecting with One Another Following the Service.