The Original Wisdom Of Jesus As Spoken In His Native Aramaic with Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D.

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The words of Jesus that are most often quoted are drawn from the King James version of the Bible. The New Testament was compiled some 200 years after he passed and it was written in Greek, a language he did not speak. Jesus originally spoke Aramaic and in this deep dialogue we’ll be looking at the living wisdom he imparted as it applies to us today through his native language. For example, Klotz’s extensive research reveals the Aramaic word Aboon, translated from Greek to English as God or Father, which in Aramaic refers to the breathing life of all, the fathering/mothering of the cosmos. Another example of the Aramaic translation is one of the Beatitudes, “Blessed the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” is expanded to the richness of: “Blessed ripening into life and its empowerment moves toward those who cling to their breathing as their first and last possession. Riper are those who dissolve their small selves within breath, they live in their shimmering “I can” of nature in the cosmos.” This deep dialogue enlivens the works and words of Jesus to higher levels of inspiration and understanding so needed in these threshold times. Klotz helps us to see the moving nature and luminosity of the teachings of Jesus that are present within us, within our very breath every day. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms) 


Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. is a teacher, scholar, author, and musician, specializing in the native traditions and the translation and interpretation of the ancient Semitic languages of the Middle East—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic. His scholarship connects religious studies and psychology. He’s past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and is active in various international conferences dedicated to peace and spirituality. For more than 40 years he has followed the Sufi path and was a student of the Sufi Murshid Moineddin Jablonski (d.2001 and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Sufism. 

Neil Douglas-Klotz’s books include: 

  • Prayers of the Cosmos (HarperOne 2009)
  • The Hidden Gospel (Quest Books 2001)
  • Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus: The Hidden Teachings on Life and Death (Hampton Roads 2022)

To learn more about the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz go to 

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How referring back to this original language of Aramaic expands the teachings and acts of Jesus
  • Why Klotz calls, what is most universally called “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Jesus’ Prayer”
  • How Klotz felt commission to learn how to speak and translate Aramaic
  • What is the importance of the luminosity of sound and its relationship to the Semitic languages
  • Why the word Abwoon or Abwun means in Aramaic the breathing life of all, the fathering/mothering of the cosmos
  • What is the Aramaic translation of Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
  • How the word “blessed” in Aramaic means ripe or ripeness, being in the right place at the right time
  • The understanding in ancient times that our breath came from before, our breath’s spirit/soul came from before and continues afterwards
  • How did Jesus (Yeshua) see our relationship with nature
  • What is the Aramaic translation of the Gospel of John on which so many fundamentalist Christian religions base their faith
  • What is the Aramaic translation of the “I am” phrases that appear in the Gospels of John and Mark
  • How Jesus (Yeshua) repeats over and over again that the path is within
  • What is the true nature of the miracles that Jesus performed
  • Did Jesus (Yeshua) consider himself a special person
  • What is the Aramaic translation line by line of “Jesus’ Prayer” (commonly known as the “Lord’s Prayer” 

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 10/14/2022   Program Number: 3775

Music Playlist

From Album:  Around the World with the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus
Artist: Neil Douglas-Klotz

Opening Essay: Track 14 The Entire Prayer
Music Break 1: Track 14 The Entire Prayer
Music Break 2: Track 14 The Entire Prayer
Music Break 3: Track 14 The Entire Prayer