Which Aramaic speaking Christian Church(es) uses a dialect of Aramaic in their liturgy that is the closest to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago?

Jesus spoke with a Galilean dialect of Aramaic.


The following is not meant to be an answer specific to the question, but may help in some research on the subject:

The Syro Malabar and Syro Malankara rites of the Catholic Church in Kerala, India, which attribute their origin to St Thomas the Apostle, used to have their liturgy in Syrian language upto the 1950s after which the liturgy adopted the native language Malayalam as its medium. In fact you will find many short prayers still said in Syrian languae as a part of the liturgy. Besides the Catholic groups, the Catholic Orthodox Churches of Kerala also extensively use Syrian prayers during the liturgical celebrations. How close the phraseology of those prayers are to the dialect used by Jesus, can be commented on by Syrian scholars only.


Presently the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox churches use Aramaic in their liturgy and chanting

  • This doesn't really answer the question. If you think the Syriac churches' Aramaic dialect is closest to the Galilean dialect from 2000 years ago, could you provide your sources as to how you know that?
    – Birdie
    Nov 24 '17 at 6:42

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