Jesus Christ Speaks Arabic


 Hasan A. Yahya, Professor of Philosophy

 Does Jesus (God) Knew Arabic?  When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” (Mark 15:33,34)

Jesus according to this statement spoke Arabic Language saying in Arabic. Reading (if it is true), (إلهي إلهي لم  شبكتني أو – بعثتني أو صبغتني ) , meaning “My God, My God, why You put me in trouble (Like the fish in the net-Shabaktani, or why do You change my color, or sent me,  if you know what will happen to me)? – wondering and asking in the same time for help and forgiveness from GOD).

This is a possibility, furthermore, in Persian language and may be urdu (among Shi’as) tone today, when they moarn the killing of Hussein, Son of Ali, Karbala’s Martyr, they utter the same term, questioning God by saying: ELOHI, ELOHI. “My God. My God”. The connection and similarity of both concepts muscically and is superstitious but possible. Take for instance the Persian language, خدا ، میرے خدا کوئی نی but in Arabic uttering for God, Elo(h)i, Elo(h)i,  meaning: O God! O God, why are you “Ko’ini,” means Shbktny or SABACHTHANI” (left me alone)  almost all these letters are included in the Talmudic term” SABACHTHANI”. In fact the expected coming Imam among Shi’a  is a strong belief as it is for Jesus in the belief of all religions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In India, however, the incarnation is also similar.  Incarnation  means personification of something or one life in series of lives, or periods spent in the body of a particular animal or person, or manifestation of god in human or animal form. In India, the belief in incarnation is widely accepted.

To go back to the uttering of “ILOI, ELOI,” in the Bible, or “Elohi, Elohi” in Arabic, persian and Urdu,  phonologically,  words used in languages or sound system of language is a pattern of speech sounds used in a particular language might be applicable here.

Phonology is defined as the study of how sounds are organized and used in natural languages. The phonological system of a language includes an inventory of sounds and their features, and rules which specify how sounds interact with each other and what they mean. Phonology is just one of several aspects of language. It is related to other aspects such as phonetics, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics. Here is an illustration that shows the place of phonology in an interacting hierarchy of ascended levels in linguistics: Phonotics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantic, Pragmatic.

The difference between phonetics and phonology: Phonetics is the basis for phonological analysis, while phonology is the basis for further work in morphology, syntax, discourse, and orthography design.

Phonetics analyzes the production of all human speech sounds, regardless of language, but  phonology analyzes the sound patterns of a particular language by two ways:

determining which phonetic sounds are significant, and
explaining how these sounds are interpreted by the native speaker

If we apply models of phonology to our knowledge of phonological representations and processes in both classical phonetics and standard generative phonology models, where distinctive feature of sound segments. Each segment is composed of simultaneously occurring features.  Even time stands an obstacle in this case, but talking to God is normal between Jesus and God (His Father), and in that case, ELOI, ELOI, not Yahwa or Jahwa, was the phonetics, but Arabic words to give the impression of the Arabic Prophet by saying, ELO(H)I, ELO(H)I. This idea of phonology and phoitics still arguable in this case. But believing that languages came first from one mother root of all languages, later languages then may interacted for a purpose. Arabi and Ebri, both are taken from ‘Abara – عبر (means crossed) the desert, and both Arab and H(E)br(o)ew were very close in their development. More research to apply other original words is needed for further studies to prove that Jesus spoke Arabic. (674 words),