Excerpt from “Aramaic Light on the Beatitudes”
Matthew in his gospel writing gives us the opening scene and background in which Jesus taught the Beatitudes: “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and when he sat down his disciples came close to him. Then he opened his mouth and was teaching them saying: Blissful are they, the poor in spirit, for theirs is the consulship of the heavens.” Jesus knew that certain states of mind engender bliss. He learned this from observing individuals who conveyed those modes of being. He understood the source of bliss.
Journey with Dr. Errico back into the ancient Near Eastern world and into the spiritually enlightening Aramaic language of Jesus and his famous teachings on the Beatitudes. Jesus understood the way of genuine happiness and revealed its hidden source in the very souls of his disciples, followers, listeners, and in humanity.
In this significant new book, Dr. Errico writes warmly and insightfully of the Beatitudes. With an inner understanding of the culture and customs of the times, he translates and interprets each Beatitude and its meaning for us. The timeless truths of Jesus’ teaching on life’s challenges show that true bliss and happiness is possible even in a highly stressful modern technological world.