Hear Jesus Speak from the Mystical Roots of his Time
This book offers a new approach to translating the words of Jesus---filtering them through the imagistic worldview of the Aramaic language which Jesus himself spoke. Seen through this lens, familiar sayings such as "Blessed are the meek" come into vibrant contemporary focus as "Healthy are those who have softened what is rigid within."
In The Hidden Gospel, Douglas-Klotz decodes the spiritual and prophetic messages hidden within key words and concepts in the sayings and stories of Jesus. We learn to our delight, for instance, that when Jesus spoke of "goodness" he used a word which in Aramaic means "ripe" and refers to actions which are in time and tune with the Sacred Unity of all life.
For example, Chapter 9 begins this way:
Be complete: develop yourself to the fullest degree, just as the Source of All constantly bears fruit, completing all movements in Unity: Matthew 5:48 from the Aramaic (Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.)
THE IMAGERY OF INVITING ALL PARTS OF OURSELVES HOME, BACK TO THE TABLE LIKE THE PRODIGAL SON, LIES AT THE HEART OF THE ARAMAIC SENSE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PERFECT. In the passage above, the word for perfect (gmar) comes from a verb meaning to accomplish, fulfill oneself, or be complete. A secondary meaning is to be completely consumed, cease, or disappear. The Aramaic picture of the soul links these seeming opposites. When self-images held by the naphsha are no longer needed, when they have fulfilled their purpose, they fade away and are transformed as though in a rebirth.
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