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Aramaic primacy is NOT an official position of CoE

<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""> ... pring-2014</a><!-- m --> - See what this Assyrian church, one of the most vibrant and well grounded churches you could find around teaches about The Bible.
If Aramaic primacy were an official position of CoE, they would be in hot water for teaching "heresy". On the contrary the patriarch of the church is visiting them quite often, as one can see from browsing through their Facebook page - <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""> ... 6164700224</a><!-- m -->
Also note what version of the Bible is used to quote from.
But at the same time see also the mentioning of Qimleh Maran.
They also use Arabic script in some parts as some of their church members are more fluent in that language (or it could be Persian, not sure).

Another interesting read: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""> ... ummer-2014</a><!-- m --> When I get a chance to stop by their church office, I'd like to get my hands on that English-Assyrian dictionary too.

See also: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""> ... h-Sep-2013</a><!-- m -->
Shlama Borota,

Of course it's not an official position of the CoE. Haven't we been saying that forever on this forum? What is this post in response to?

The articles in question in the pamphlet (especially the one written by Mr. Shamoun Shamoun) are written by ordinary lay people. It's just a newsletter.

But besides that, why would we accuse them of "heresy?" There are many opinions in the CoE regarding this topic, there are clergy and laymen who are Aramaic Primacists and there are clergy and laymen who are Greek Primacists. It's not a central tenet of the CoE, or any church, really. It's certainly not dogma or something worthy of the label, "heresy."


PS - The "Jennifer Younan" on the pamphlets, the teaching coordinator at the parish, is my 1st-cousins wife. The Priest, Qasha George, is also a good friend of mine. We may disagree about Aramaic Primacy (he was educated at the Vatican, and is a Greek Primacist), but we are both clergy in the same Church. As you probably know, both Qasha Antwan and (retired) Qasha Klutz (of St. John Parish) are Aramaic Primacists, as I am.

There is no one opinion about this, and this is not a matter of official creed.
It had to do with a misunderstanding on my part as to the source of a statement, and has been corrected for a bit now. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

Steve Caruso on his site had it that Aramaic Primacy was an official position of CoE. So that was mostly in response to that, as his site was referred in one of the recent posts here. Seeing that reference to Steve's site, I took a pick and saw that statement about CoE, among other things.
So my reasoning was that if AP were an official position (an official dogma) your cousin would teach something that goes against the official teachings of CoE. Which obviously is not the case, because there is no such official position.

Since then Steve rectified that mis-statement ...
Good, because I don't know of any branch of the Apostolic Church that has (or, cares to) decree anything dogmatically about the language of any document. It's simply not the focus of any Apostolic Church. It's certainly not the focus of the CoE (despite its exclusive use of Aramaic, and the Peshitta for liturgical use.)

I've not heard a single sermon on it, ever, despite being a life-long member (and recently, clergyman).


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