05 January 2017

The priest who creates works in the language of Jesus

Boulos Khano lives in St. Mark's Syriac Monastery in Jerusalem. His room is a laboratory where he devotes himself to writing in Aramaic, producing different creations.

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Father Boulos Khano, a Syriac priest, lives in St. Mark's Monastery, in Jerusalem. Here, he learned the art of calligraphy in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

His ambition is to preserve a very ancient linguistic heritage that no longer belongs to common life, so he started to create small works of art to revive it.

Syriac Priest - Jerusalem
"In ancient times, the Biblical Fathers translated the books from Aramaic to Arabic and then to Latin, which later reached Europe. According to the Fathers, the man who does not have a tradition, will have no future. That is not our case.
The Aramaic language was used as early as the tenth century BC and it was also used in some parts of the Old Testament, especially in a part of the books of the prophets Daniel and Ezdra, as well as in the the Dead Sea Scrolls."

The most frequent texts are the 'Our Father' and the 'Hail Mary' prayers, since these are the favorite ones among Christian families,

Syriac Priest - Jerusalem
"I started on animal skin, then I slowly evolved and began using a golden waxed canvas as well as olive wood, typical materials of the land on which we live. I write on lambskin, because the lamb represents the Lord Jesus, this way the Christians' homes are blessed. I also use the olive tree, for the Lord Jesus Christ blesses the olive tree, especially if it is from the Garden of Gethsemane."

Father Khano seeks to spread this ancient Semitic language so it could be introduced to the new generations. He also hopes to propagate this language among students and teachers in schools and universities.