Both Aramaic and Hebrew tattoos are growing more and more popular. People who are looking to get an inscription tattoo sometimes can’t decide if Hebrew or Aramaic is more appropriate for their tattoo. Here is some information that can help a person decide.
Find out the relation between these Hebrew and Aramaic.
The Hebrew language, in which were written the Bible, the Mishna and the Talmud, belongs to the Semitic language sub-family, which also includes Aramaic. Both languages are written using the same alphabet.
Researchers have two main theories regarding the relationship between the two languages. Some researchers believe that Aramaic gave rise to Hebrew, while others believe the two languages was created simultaneously side-by-side, and that the influence on words and idioms flowed in both directions.
It seems that during the Second Temple period (the time of Jesus and the birth of Christianity), Greek was the language of the educated, Hebrew the language of the religious leadership, and Aramaic the language of the common people.
One example of Jesus using Aramaic is his words on the cross, “Elohi Elohi lama shavaktani” “אלהי אלהי למה שבקתני” (Matthew 46:27, Mark 15:34). The Hebrew translation would be “Elohim Elohim lama azavtani” אלהים אלהים למה עזבתני””.
A couple of Aramaic Tattoo Ideas:
Aramaic Tattoo Idea Number 1
קושתא – Kushta means “truth”. This makes for a very popular Aramaic tattoo, and it is also the ancient name of the Turkish city of Istanbul
Aramaic Tattoo Idea Number 2
הימנותא – Himnuta means “faith”. This can also make for a nice single Aramaic word tattoo.
And of course, there is also the possibilty of choosing a well known Aramaic phrase for your Aramaic tattoo.