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The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus Paperback – March 1, 2001
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About the Author
Neil Douglas-Klotz is an independent scholar of religious studies, spirituality, and psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies and psychology from the Union Institute, and taught these subjects for ten years at Holy Names College in California. Other books by Neil Douglas-Klotz include Desert Flowers, and The Hidden Gospel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
THE HIDDEN GOSPEL is Dr. Douglas-Klotz's presentation of what he considers to be the overlooked aspect of the Gospels, namely the Aramaic writings of the early Church. Aramaic was the spoken language of Jesus's day. In presenting his translations of these Early Church writings, the author discusses a mystical aspect of the Gospels that seems to harken back to the Gnostic controversy. Reading his own work in a pleasing tone, Douglas-Klotz offers not merely a lecture; approximately twenty minutes into each side an exercise is included that teaches the listener an Aramaic prayer. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the early pages of this carefully researched book Neil D-K provides the most lucid overview of the effect of translation, and how different languages frame up different realities, that I have ever come across - and this has been an area of interest of mine for decades.
It is clear from this book that the vast majority of the edifice of Western Christian Theology (and so Western Evangelism) is based on fundamental mis-translations which are filtered through a world view that western language supports AND that actually interferes with what Jesus teaches.
For Example the difference between the standard translation(from Aramaic to Greek to German to English) of Jesus words as "He who is not with us is against us" vs one based in Aramaic that translates as "If he is not against us he is one of us" changes so much. This quote has been used by Christians and especially Catholics to insist that people must make a choice to oppose Jesus or submit to there interpretations. Yikes. The usual version doesn't really sound like Jesus if you think about it and has been the cause of a lot of mischief!
But so much deeper than that this book unveils the Unity Jesus knew and taught and how to live it. This is a book to be savored and read and re-read and re-read again.
And for all you fear-guilt-shame based Catholics out there - Pope Pius XII actually stresses the importance of diligent study of these original languages so as to arrive at a deeper and fuller knowledge of the meaning of the sacred texts, in his encyclical entitled "Divine Afflante Spiritu" in 1943, so be at Peace!!