Most people are only familiar with the Assyrians as an ancient people who conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel before laying siege (ultimately unsuccessfully, thanks to Divine intervention) to Jerusalem. Earlier this week, Assyrians were again gathering in Israel, but not as part of an invasion. They were here to participate in a conference hosted by the Committee for the Resurrection of the Aramaic Language. Aramaic, and its various dialects, was for centuries the dominant language of the region, including in the Neo-Assyrian Empire that came into conflict with the other kingdoms of the biblical era. There are today only…
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