When Jesus was crucified, Pilate had a “tablet” posted on the cross above Jesus’ head. In English it means, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews and it was written in three languages, namely Hebrew, Greek and Latin. These are the common languages during Jesus’ time. However, aside from these three languages, there is another language which dominated Jesus’ everyday life-Aramaic. It belongs to the Semitic family of languages along with Arabic and according to scholars this was the native language of Jesus.
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He said it in Aramaic not in Greek, the language the Gospel was written.
This is the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father in Aramaic, the language Jesus used.
Galilean transliteration of the Lord’s Prayer
Avvon d-bish-maiya, nith-qaddash shim-mukh.
Tih-teh mal-chootukh. Nih-weh çiw-yanukh:
ei-chana d’bish-maiya: ap b’ar-ah.
Haw lan lakh-ma d’soonqa-nan yoo-mana.
O’shwooq lan kho-bein:
ei-chana d’ap kh’nan shwiq-qan l’khaya-ween.
Oo’la te-ellan l’niss-yoona:
il-la paç-çan min beesha.
Mid-til de-di-lukh hai mal-choota
oo khai-la oo tush-bookh-ta
l’alam al-mein. Aa-meen.