Aramaic – Classical Syriac: ܐܪܡܝܐ‎ is a language or group of languages belonging to the Semitic subfamily of the Afroasiatic language family. More specifically, it is part of the Northwest Semitic group, which also includes the Canaanite languages such as Hebrew and Phoenician.

The Aramaic alphabet was widely adopted for other languages and is ancestral to the Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic alphabets. During its approximately 3,100 years of written history, Aramaic has served variously as a language of administration of empires, as a language of divine worship and religious study, and as the spoken tongue of a number of Semitic peoples from the Near East.

Historically, Aramaic was the language of the Arameans, a Semitic-speaking people of the region between the northern Levant and the northern Tigris valley. By around 1000 BC, the Arameans had a string of kingdoms in what is now part of Syria and Mesopotamia. Aramaic rose to prominence under the Neo-Assyrian Empire (911–605 BC), under whose influence Aramaic became a prestige language, and its use spread throughout most of Mesopotamia and the Levant. At its height, variants of Aramaic were spoken all over in what is today Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Eastern Arabia, northern Arabia, south eastern and south-central Turkey, and parts of northwest Iran. Aramaic was the language of Jesus, who spoke the Galilean dialect during his public ministry, as well as the language of large sections of the biblical books of Daniel and Ezra, and also one of the languages of the Talmud.

Aramaic is a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Arabic, When Jesus died on the cross, he shouted in Aramaic, “Eli, why did you have left me?”.

After the Islamic State’s attack on areas where speakers of this language reside, the population migrated to Australia, many of whom live in Brisbane.

We broadcast in languages:

Aramic, Syriac, Ashory, Arabic, Hebrow, English, Armenian

The Aramaic Group started broadcasting at Radio 4EB from 13/9/2019.

The committee members are:

Convenor: Dina Saleem Hanhan

Vice-convenor: Akram Makarem

Treasurer: Antoinette Al- Marawi

Secretary: Riham Mitanis

Committee member: Siham Bitar

Broadcaster: Raghad Kasser.