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Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus

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In two previous books, Neil Douglas-Klotz pioneered a radical new way of 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." ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Quest Books (first published 1999)
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Andrew
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely in love with this book, not only its mystical message de-mystifying the nondual mystery, but also its author's idea of "experiencer response," of interpretation as spiritual play rather than academic pursuit, of poetic wordplay in Yeshua's teachings. So far, so "Wow"!
Paul
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
These interpretations of the sayings of Jesus are God-breathed, pointing to the desire for all people to understand themselves as one with each other and creation. It possesses the potential for helping Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all other wisdom traditions that seek peace, harmony, and fulfillment to recognize their roots and their final goals are the same. A book that helps me to become more loving, compassionate, kind-hearted, and seeking harmony with my neighbors is a breath of fresh air ...more
Willa Grant
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was not too wild about this book- it seemed too new age-y and the gospel was watered down. It simply did not speak to me in a voice I recognized as divine.
James
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book re-examines Jesus' words in what are essentially Sufi terms by translating "original" Aramaic and considering his words in the context of his times.

While I agree with the idea in principle, parts of translation seem a stretch, particularly ideas concerning Hokhmah (Holy Wisdom). But other ideas seem credible, especially the erroneous KJV translation from "unripe" to "evil." This is an interesting, if biased, look at what Jesus could have meant via the practice of midrash.

But of course
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Robin
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! The author introduces the world-view of those who spoke Ancient Aramaic--including the one an entire religion was based on--requiring a page of poetry to "translate" one line! The "Lord's Prayer" (the "Mother/Father Creative Impulse That Breaths Through the Entire Universe's Prayer" !) sounds COMPLETELY different when viewed from the perspective of the language it was originally spoken in. The words that were actually spoken are much more of a celebration of our oneness wit ...more
Sara
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Awesome!
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mr. Douglas-Klotz translates the prayers and words of Jesus from the original Aramaic into english. It show a much more beautiful meaning than the King James version
Valerie Diane
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lost-interest
The author on page 27 decides to "translate" the Holy Bible incorrectly and says the word God is "Alaha" and he goes on to say that this is the same name the Muslims worship and the same name of the Middle Eastern great goddess. First off, the author translates this word from the Holy Bible incorrectly. In Hebrew the word for God is El, Elohim, and YHWH. This author is promoting Islam and I later found out that he is a Sufi, which is the mystic and ascetic Muslim religion. He even teaches medita ...more
Victoria
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written book by Klotz. The meditations throughout the book are great and a wonderful way to bring the ideas he is presenting about Middle Eastern spiritual interpretation as well as culture in Jesus' time, to a more realistic experience for the reader. A must read for anyone who is pondering biblical translations and Jesus' Aramaic.
Jason Comely
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jesus-in-books
Several times I was ready to give up on this book because it's so mystic and new-age... then it'd wallop me with some mind-blowing insight that made it all worthwhile.
Ben
Aug 18, 2011 marked it as to-read
From reading the description inside the dust-jacket, it seems to provide a new and interesting perspective on scriptural interpretation. Suggesting that if it strikes us to interpret the words of the New Testament, we must understand them as they were first written, not as we understand their translations in modern English. Echoing sentiment felt towards the Qur'an and the validity of its translated versions, Douglas-Klotz posits that words are not the only things lost in translation, but also t ...more
Steve Lee Sr
The author/narrator takes about a dozen words and explains their deeper spiritual meaning beyond the simple English translation commonly associated with the text. He then uses some of the words/phrases in short songs which can be used as a guide in meditation.

It was good but didn't make an emotional connection with me, which is generally required to get more stars from me, especially in a book of spirituality/theology.
D.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Rodacker
This book gives much clarity to Westernized Christianity. It opens like a flower, maturing the heart into deeper levels of love.
Ginaluna
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Life changing when it comes to re-reading the Gospels.
Ameliedanjou
Jan 23, 2015 marked it as might-get-back-to-it
Having a hard time reading this -- I like some of his ideas on a fresh translation, but so much of it comes across as so "hippie-dippie" that I can't keep reading. May or may not finish.
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Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz is an internationally known scholar in the fields connecting religious studies and psychology as well as a poet and musician. He is the author of:
*Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus (1990);
*Desert Wisdom: The Middle Eastern Tradition from the Goddess Through the Sufis (1995);
*The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spirituality of the Aramaic Jesus (1
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“In addition, the Greek division of human life into “mind,” “body,” “emotions,” “psyche,” and “spirit” underlies the modern Western view. The Semitic languages do not divide reality in this way. They provide multiple words for the subconscious self, all tied to the communal self. They imply a continuum between what we call spirit and body, not a division. We” 1 likes
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