Dr. Rocco A. Errico is an ordained minister, international lecturer and author, spiritual counselor, and one of the nation’s leading Biblical scholars working from the original Aramaic Peshitta texts. For ten years he studied intensively with Dr. George M. Lamsa, Th.D., (1890-1975), world-renowned Assyrian biblical scholar and translator of the Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text. Dr. Errico is proficient in Aramaic and Hebrew exegesis, helping thousands of readers and seminar participants understand how the Semitic context of culture, language, idioms, symbolism, mystical style, psychology, and literary amplification—the Seven Keys that unlock the Bible—are essential to understanding this ancient spiritual document.
Dr. Errico is the recipient of numerous awards and academic degrees, including a Doctorate in Philosophy from the School of Christianity in Los Angeles; a Doctorate in Divinity from St. Ephrem’s Institute in Sweden; and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the School of Christianity in Los Angeles. In 1993, the American Apostolic University College of Seminarians awarded him a Doctorate of Letters. He also holds a special title of Teacher, Prime Exegete, Maplana d’miltha dalaha, among the Federation of St. Thomas Christians of the order of Antioch.
Dr. Errico is a featured speaker at conferences, symposia, and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe and has been a regular contributor for over 23 years to Science of Mind Magazine (circulation: 150,000), a monthly journal founded in 1927. He began his practice as an ordained minister and pastoral counselor in the mid-1950s and during the next three decades served in churches and missions in Missouri, Texas, Mexico, and California. Throughout his public work, Dr. Errico has stressed the nonsectarian, open interpretation of Biblical spirituality, prying it free from 2000 years of rigid orthodoxy, which, according to his research, is founded on incorrect translations of the original Aramaic texts.
In 1970, Dr. Errico established the Noohra Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, as a non-profit, non-sectarian spiritual-educational organization devoted to helping people of all faiths to understand the Near Eastern background and Aramaic interpretation of the Bible. In 1976, Dr. Errico relocated the Noohra Foundation in Irvine, California, where it flourished for the next 17 years. For seven years, the Noohra Foundation operated in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in September 2001, it relocated to Smyrna, Georgia, where Dr. Errico is Dean of Biblical Studies for Dr. Barbara King’s School of Ministry—Hillside Chapel and Truth Center.
Dr. Errico’s publications include: Aramaic Light on the Gospel of Matthew, Aramaic Light on the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Aramaic Light on the Gospel of John, And There Was Light, Setting a Trap for God (formerly: The Ancient Aramaic Prayer of Jesus), Let There Be Light: The Seven Keys, The Mysteries of Creation: The Genesis Story, The Message of Matthew, Classical Aramaic Book 1, La Antigua Oración Aramea de Jesús: El Padrenuestro (Spanish version of The Ancient Aramaic Prayer of Jesus). He is also published in Europe: Acht instimmungen auf Gott (German translation of Setting a Trap for God), Es Werde Licht (German translation of Let There Be Light), and a forthcoming Italian publication of Setting a Trap for God..
Under the auspices of the Noohra Foundation, Dr. Errico continues to lecture for colleges, civic groups and churches of various denominations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.