Language family: Afro-Asian
Language Group: Semitic
Geographical use: Assyria, Syria and Palestine
Information: Extinct language. Aramese
is closely related to Hebrew. Originally
it was the language of the Aramese but was especially used in dialects.
Still before 1000 BC Aramese spread out to the Middle East and replaced
Akkadian as the most important language.
It hold on to that status until the conquests of Alexander the Great when
the Greek language entered the region.
The oldest Aramese writings date back from the 9th century BC. It is actually still being spoken in three Syrian villages and it was the daily language of Jesus Christ. Some parts of the Old Testament (the Book of Daniel and Ezra) were written in Aramese.