from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Variant of Aramean.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of a West Semitic semi-nomadic and pastoralist people who lived in upper Mesopotamia (Biblical Aram) during the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age. They spoke Aramaic.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to Aramaeans or Aram.
- proper n. the Aramaic language
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Syrians and Chaldeans, or to their language; Aramaic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Aramean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to Aram or to its inhabitants or their culture or their language
- n. a member of one of a group of Semitic peoples inhabiting Aram and parts of Mesopotamia from the 11th to the 8th century BC
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That language was not pure Hebrew, but a mixture of the Hebrew, Chaldaic, and Syraic, commonly called Syro-Chaldaic, or Aramaean.
And Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramaean of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban, the Aramaean.
So Isaac sent Jacob away; and he went to Paddan-Aram to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramaean (Syrian), the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
And God came unto Laban, the Aramaean, in a dream by night and said to him: Take care not to say anything to Jacob.
"Asher" must be the name of a Canaanite-Aramaean divinity, masculine to the feminine "Asherah."
Is he again called "the Aramaean" in reference to his ingrained trickery, which would have sought to inveigle Jacob into some agreement disadvantageous to himself?
Since Leah nowhere else gives indications of polytheistic leanings, and since Jacob surely would have tolerated no names for his children that were allusions to Aramaean or other divinities, we believe that the interpretation which draws upon the fact that there was a god of luck,
In later times the term "sacred language" was sometimes employed by the Jews to designate the Bible Hebrew in opposition to the "profane language", i.e. the Aramaean dialects which eventually usurped the place of the other as a spoken language.
Under this name were included the Arabian (Gen., xxv, 6) and Aramaean (Num., xxxiii, 7) tribes which lived east of the Jordan basin and in the region of the
Job seems to have been an Aramaean, for he lived in the land of Hus (i, I; Ausitis).
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