Last night at the church about twenty of us participated in dancing the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus. It was a powerful experience. If you ever get a chance to participate in that, I recommend it. It made me think about a number of things. One is that my seminary education was very "Greek oriented." We needed to take courses in Greek and Hebrew, the original languages of the Bible. And yet scholars know that the language of Jesus was Aramaic. Aramaic is closer to Hebrew than Greek, yet different from both, especially Greek.
Neil Douglas Klotz is one of the premier scholars on the Aramaic language of Jesus. You can read an interview with Neil here and browse his books here.
The prayer can be translated in many ways. Here is one possible translation by Neil. You can learn to say the Aramaic Lord's prayer here.
O, Birther of the Cosmos, focus your light within us -- make it useful
Create your reign of unity now
Your one desire then acts with ours,
As in all light,
So in all forms,
Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight:
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
As we release the strands we hold of other's guilt.
Don't let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
The power and the life to do,
The song that beautifies all,
From age to age it renews.
I affirm this with my whole being.