Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Aramaic of Jesus

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Aramaic Wikipedia[edit]

main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Aramaic of Jesus)
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This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

Aramaic of Jesus is not clearly defined. It is an ancient language and thus Wikipedia in that language can't be created. Wikisource for all ancient Aramaic varieties may have sense. --Millosh 11:42, 1 March 2010 (UTC)
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  • Language details: Aramaic (aramaia, aram ISO 639-2)
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It's an ancient language, Jesus used the Aramaic as language. AndSalX-WWECR 23:23, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Arguments in favour[edit]

Arguments against[edit]

  • Aramaic is actually the name of a language family, not just one language. Even in ancient times, there were a number of very different forms of Aramaic (Achaemenid "official" Aramaic, Syriac, etc.), and very little is actually known in detail about the particular form of Aramaic which Jesus spoke (Galilean/Judean Western Aramaic). Also, many of the considerations which I brought up with respect to Phoenician would also apply to ancient Aramaic (see Requests_for_new_languages/Wikipedia_Phoenician_2). In my opinion, ancient-language Wikipedias should only be approved where a lot of detailed specific information about the language is available, and the language has a continuous tradition of usage down to the present day (e.g. Latin, classical Chinese, classical Greek, Sanskrit etc.). Syriac might qualify according to this criterion (though there are significant variants of Syriac used by different denominations), but general undifferentiated "Aramaic" doesn't, nor does the Aramaic spoken by Jesus. AnonMoos 12:17, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

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