The AENT for Secular College Students & Teachers (Religion, Linguistics, Anthropology)


With the Aramaic English New Testament (AENT), the serious researcher has unfettered access to the original ancient writings as reference sources for deeper investigation, comparison and understanding. Indeed the Aramaic English New Testament is the most definitive English New Testament translation in nearly two thousand years.

Greek translations of original Aramaic Bible texts were developed for Western countries but a different phenomenon was happening in the east where Aramaic texts were proliferating. Immediately we have a problematic situation where virtually all Western New Testament translations are based off of a language other than the original Aramaic, but this is not the only disappointing factor. For while learned scribes who held great reverence for every word, letter and punctuation mark, meticulously maintained the Aramaic texts in the east, the same cannot be said of the many Western Greek translations.

No two Greek texts agree to the extent that over 300 Aramaic texts agree within the Peshitta family. And although the Khabouris Codex contains minor differences within the Peshitta family its accuracy is superlative. The base Aramaic text is extremely trustworthy and has been reproduced with acute fastidiousness for nearly two millennia. The lead translator academic Andrew Roth, discusses the chain of custody of these ancient Aramaic New Testament texts and the scholarship pertaining to these texts throughout history.

Mirroring the ethos behind Popper’s theory of falsification, the AENT was produced openly by the global community, not in a seminary or under the influence of big business driven solely by the pursuit of higher profits. The AENT is a side-by-side interlinear that places English against the Aramaic text line-by-line, where the reader can easily investigate each word and verse to personally investigate the accuracy of the translation. The publishers not only accept comments and suggestions they encourage them creating a positive environment of rigor, accountability and transparency. To date over 1,000 leading language scholars, historians and thinkers have rigorously dedicated their unrivaled expertise to the 5th edition of the AENT.

Discover the first New Testament, now available in English: The Aramaic English New Testament.

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