Like it's predecessor, Let There Be Light, this book takes us through the heart of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament by working with Aramaic-the language spoken by the Patriarchs, Jesus, his apostles and their contemporaries. With his knowledge of the customes, idioms, psychology, symbolism and philosophy of Semitic peoples, Dr. Errico unlocks puzzling biblical passages. Suddenly the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, becomes clearer and more relevant for Western readers. The teaching ministry and parables of Jesus come alive as you've never read before. Topics include: Rabbi Eshoa-Jesus - An Aramaic Speaking Shemite, Uncovering Jesus' Gospel, The Parables of Jesus (Dr. Errico's translation),Perfect Love, An Expanded Teaching on the 23rd Psalm, The Book of the Revelation.
The Bible is more than anything else a Near Eastern account of spiritual events and teachings. In his seminal work, Dr. Errico builds a bridge between Western ways of understanding and Near Eastern social realities that are embedded in the Bible. He helps us see the Bible through Semitic, Aramaic eyes. Bypassing doctrinal creeds and rigid interpretations, he judiciously corrects numerous errors and misleading literal translations that have caused confusion for centuries. This book equips the reader with seven key insights to understand the allusions, parables, and teachings of the Bible, opening the door to the ancient Aramaic world from which the Bible emerged.
Dr. Errico uses his own direct translation from the Aramaic-Peshitta text of Genesis 1:1-31 and 2:1-3 as a basis for a challenging new look at the processes, revelations, and mysteries of the primal Creation account. He discusses the Semitic meaning, names, and theories of the origin of God and the creation of the world. Where appropriate, Dr. Errico borrows insights from the world of both quantum physics and Biblical scholarship. He shows readers that behind the material appearance of the world operates a sacred Intelligence (called Elohim) and that all Creation is a meaningful representation of the creative acts of this primal deity.
Here we see Dr. Errico at work with a classic text from the New Testament, exhibiting his inimitable blend of rigorous scholarship and intuitive interpretation to great advantage. Dr. Errico's line-by-line translation runs on opposite pages to the original Aramaic as the book provides hundreds of footnotes clarifying cultural, political, and theological points raised in the translation. His intention is to carry the reader directly into the Semitic-Aramaic world in which this text originates and still lives. The simplicity, directness, and typical Eastern transparency and manner of delivery become evident when one reads the text of this 'Shemitic' dialect.
A revised and expanded version of Dr. Errico's most popular volume-his provocative re-translation (with commentary) of the Lord's Prayer. In Dr. Errico's fresh translation directly from the original Aramaic source, he interprets the prayer in terms of eight attunements that adjust us to spiritual forces in and around us, which is precisely how Jesus taught his disciples to tune in to the inexhaustible power of the Heavenly Father. 'Prayer is not so much telling God what you want, but listening to what God would tell us,' says Dr. Errico.
A unique and invaluable contribution to the emerging field of Aramaic Bible scholarship and explication, here Dr. Errico and Fr. Michael Bazzi take the beginning student through the early stages of an instruction in the Aramaic language. The book is part workbook, part textbook, as the authors introduce the reader to the Aramaic alphabet; along the way, they discuss the meaning and shapes of the letters and the proper techniques for writing them.
A fresh new perspective on one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted stories of the Bible: Sodom and Gomorrah. Contrary to how it is commonly believed, this is not an episode about homosexuality. Dr. Errico takes the reader into the ancient world of the Near East and retells the narrative from the Aramaic language and dream/vision interpretation.
The early Aramaic speaking Eastern Church Fathers understood that all appearances of God and angels that were recorded in Holy Scripture were dreams or visions. The Hebrew patriarchs and prophets who saw these heavenly apparitions were either asleep or in a trance state. In addition to this, the biblical scribes also embellished the narratives with their beliefs and cultural understanding of those ancient times.
With all the above in mind the reader can quickly comprehend what really took place in this calamitous biblical episode. Whether one regards the story as myth or history, the narrative needs to be perceived from a Near Eastern outlook, especially for that era.
This brief but enlightening book is presented in story form. In portraying the Near Eastern biblical customs and manners, it also clarifies what the writer is attempting to teach and provides answers to many of the questions often asked regarding the true message of Sodom and Gomorrah.