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Aramaic?the language Jesus and his disciples spoke?has captured the imagination of Christians across the country. Since the publication of his bestseller Prayers of the Cosmos (over 100,000 copies sold; Harper & Row, 1990), Neil Douglas-Klotz has become a foremost expert at uncovering the rich layers of meaning and wisdom found in Jesus? original words. Now, in Blessings o ...more
Hardcover, 91 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Sounds True, Incorporated
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Maggie Ayau
A deep dive into the words of Jesus in what would have been his native tongue, Aramaic. Want to buy a copy so I can meditate with it regularly. Wish I had listened to the audiobook to hear the Aramaic spoken.

Appreciated the tiers of interpretation the author leads us through. He offers more than a literal translation; also uncovered etymylogical roots, relationships to other words or concepts, connotations, etc. Really portrayed the symbolic quality of Jesus’ language and the poetry of his word
Dimitri Brzosko
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing spiritual High. For seekers of the Divine and students of Comparative Religious studies, this book offers wonderful insights.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not sure what exactly I was expecting from this book, but it wasn't what I expected. I learned about it within the context of reading The Lotus and the Lily. This book takes 15 well known teachings of Jesus from the New Testment and presents them in text from the King James Version of the Bible, then in Aramaic (the language of Jesus), then an interpretaton, then a section on the meaning of specific words. Following this is reference to a CD with music and a guided body meditation as well.

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Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I have attended Neil's workshops in Columbus for the past 4 years. Two years ago, when the workshop was based on this book I was going through a very difficult time. One of the first beatitudes we went through was, "Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake." Neil entitles this chapter..."A Particularly Bad Day". The morning before the workshop started was a partic ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the various translations based on the original Aramaic. The idea of the book is really good, and I was very excited to be able to join in the prayers with the 80min CD included. I was hugely disappointed by the prayer "songs." The were extremely western and reminded me of a hippie string party, rather than authentic near eastern prayer songs. He should have stayed true to the theme of reaching back into this time period. Instead, the CD ruins the feeling, and also casts skeptici ...more
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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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