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If you could travel back to the world of ancient Palestine and hear Jesus teach in his own native tongue, what would you learn? Join Neil Douglas-Klotz, the brilliant translator and best selling author of Prayers of the Cosmos, as he delves into early New Testament scriptures written in Aramaic - the original language of Jesus and his followers. Overlooked for centuries by all but a small minority of the world's Christians, these sacred texts rejuvenate the teachings of Jesus with an original subtlety and richness of meaning found in no other translation. Douglas-Klotz draws us deeply into these passages of the Gospels - including the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer - and then adds to his passionate scholarship by teaching us a series of body-centered meditations for interpreting and reflecting on these sacred words in much the same way as the early Christians did. What lies hidden within these scriptures may surprise many: a visionary Christ who transcends the narrow and the dogmatic to offer us a grand cosmology based on the earthy wisdom of an ancient desert people.
©1999 Neil Douglas-Klotz (P)1999 Sounds True
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4 out of 5 stars
By Marie-Elizabeth Finamore on 05-06-07

great workshop

I deeply enjoyed this workshop. Having attended some by other Aramaic scholars, Klotz' work is credible and enlightening. Since it is more of a workshop than a book, some parts are not appropriate for car listening, so be aware of that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-17-06

The First Step

I found this book to be the first step in bring Christain thinking into this time. It led me on to the path of understanding that what happen in the time of Jesus is still happening today. That the kingdom of God, Jesus spoke about isn't coming but is here and now if you would but seek. Giving insides into other traditions of teaching granting new meanings to old text for me, I found dry. At first I found it strange and too new age for me then I wonder if what I call new age was actually more old age. A time before the church was a church. Taking it's thinking with Gospel of John and Gospel of Thomas, I came to a new understanding for me when Jesus said "No one can point and say it's here or it's there for the Kingdom of God is inside you."

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