desniza (desniza) wrote in linguaphiles,

The name of Joshua in Aramaic.

I c. A.D.
Private collection.

This post with the picture of the ancient tomb-stone with the Aramaic name of Jesus must remind the actual scientific discussion over James Cameron's Jesus «documentary»*. Present tomb-stone was found in the most large Christian cemetry of  the I c. A.D. on Mount of Olives. Prof. E.L. Shucenik suppose that some of discovered epitaphs with the name of Jesus could be appeared before the Gospels.
The specialists, who’re master in Aramaic, know commonly that the native language of Jesus was the Galilean variety of the West-Aramaic language, which did not experience the influence of traditional rabbinical schools. However, precisely this dialect (by the way in Jerusalem Galileans were recognized by it) used by Jesus, about which testifies the Gospel of St. Matthew. It’ very important that the tradition to sign the name of the dead together with the name of hir father was widespread in Judaea only, just as Aramaic’s inscriptions consisted of the name of the dead lonely.
* «The Lost Tomb of Christ», which will be shown on the Discovery Channel on March 4, argues that 10 ancient ossuaries, small caskets used to store bones, discovered in a suburb of Jerusalem in 1980 may have contained the bones of Jesus and his family, according to a press release issued by the Discovery Channel.
One of the caskets even bears the title «Judah, son of Jesus» hinting that Jesus may have had a son. The burial site identified in Cameron's «documentary» is in a southern Jerusalem neighborhood nowhere near the church. In 1996, when the BBC aired a short documentary on the same subject, archaeologists challenged the claims. Amos Kloner, the first archaeologist to examine the site, said the idea fails to hold up by archaeological standards but makes for profitable television.

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