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The Arameans (Heb. and Aram. ’ărām, ’ărammî, ’rm; Akkad. aramu, arimu, etc.) left an important legacy in the Near East until well into the Christian era, namely, the Aramaic language, which belongs to the West Semitic group and is closely related to Hebrew. The OT contains several passages in Aramaic (Gen. 31:47; Ezra 4:8–6:18; 7:12–26; Jer. 10:11; Dan. 2:4b–7:28); the Hebrew text itself also contains various Aramaisms. Widespread from around the eighth century b.c., Aramaic became an official language in the Persian Empire and, with its many d…

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Spieckermann, Hermann, “Arameans”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A548>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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