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Aramaic
'ארמית Arāmît, ܐܪܡܝܐ Ārāmāyâ
Spoken in: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey
Region: Middle East
Total Speakers: Unknown
Language family: Hamito-Semitic

 Semitic
  West Semitic
    Central Semitic
     Northwest Semitic
      Aramaic

Writing system: Aramaic abjad, Syriac abjad, Hebrew abjad, and Mandaic alphabet
Official Status
Official language of: no country
Regulated by: no official regulation
Language Codes
ISO 639-1: none
ISO 639-2: arc
ISO 639-3: arc
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Extension of Aramaic

Aramaic (ארמית, Arāmît; ܐܪܡܝܐ, Ārāmāyâ) is a Semitic language, similar to Hebrew, originally spoken by the ancient Aramaeans. It emerged as the lingua franca of the countries along the commercial routes of the Fertile Crescent and the Levant in about the 6th century BC. Aramaic became the vernacular of Palestine and was the original language of large sections of the biblical books of Daniel and Ezra, and was the native language of Jesus Christ.

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