14 June, 2005

Speaking of The Lord's Prayer

I found this in my perambulations over the weekend and have used it in my devotions this week.

It's The Lord's Prayer as Jesus would have spoken it, in Aramaic. .

There is a wonderful audio file, and a phonetic transliteration. When listening to it and reading along you can see that Jesus was not only praying, but he was doing so poetically . When his followers asked Him to "teach us how to pray", they were very earnest. Prayer was not for the common man. They heard recitations from the priests and rabbis, and learned rote cants as part of ritual.

How wonderful it must have been to have Jesus show them that this simple song and any like it could be said directly to God.


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