The Aramaic Jesus
Resources for Exploring Yeshua —
Jesus Before Christianity
“What it has taken China thousands of years to build cannot be acquired by theft. If we want to possess it we must earn the right to it by working on ourselves. Of what use to us is the wisdom of the Upanishads, or the insight of Chinese Yoga, if we desert our own foundations as though they were errors outlived and settle with thievish intent on foreign shores like homeless pirates…. In the course of the centuries, the West will produce its own Yoga, and it will be on the basis laid down by Christianity.”
This icon of a dark-skinned Jesus was created by Br. Robert Lenz, OFM after reading the manuscript for Prayers of the Cosmos (1990) and was included on the cover in the English edition for many years. The icon is still used on the cover of many foreign language editions.
It was my privilege years ago to write a Foreword to Neil Douglas-Klotz’s first book, Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus. Today, thirty-two years and fifteen books by Klotz later, I am honored to be asked to write a Foreward to this book.
My original Foreward began with these words: “Reader beware: though this book is brief, it contains the seeds of a revolution.” I do not think history has proven me mistaken….
Hear the Aramaic Prayer
The Aramaic Prayer and the Beautiful Names of Allah
Download the interview with Justine Willis Toms with Neil about his new book (links to New Dimensions site).
Sound files for learning the Aramaic Prayer of Yeshua and the Beatitudes in Matthew with all of the chant melodies. A companion to the book. Paid Download.
Dying into Rebirth: Easter 2022 Retreat (Video or Audio Download)
Online retreat recorded over Easter weekend, 2022, 5hrs, based on Neil’s book Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus. Paid Download.
Sacred Dance and the Aramaic Jesus
Video and Audio Recording of an online retreat in English with Spanish translation, autumn 2020. 12.5 hrs. Paid Download
The Aramaic Jesus: Sounds True Interview
Guitar Accompaniment Videos
“…a brilliant scholar with heart whose words have the power to reconnect us to our sacred source.” –Joan Borysenko
The ancient form of creation meditation that unites the three religions of the Middle East. An anthology of Jewish, Christian and Islamic creation mysticism with new translations and body prayer meditations throughout.
“Here we find a Lord’s Prayer and Beatitudes that call even the most agnostic of ecofeminists and deep ecologists to reverence–and to a glad reconnection with the forgotten roots of our shared culture.” –Joanna Macy
“Contains the seeds of a revolution.”–Matthew Fox
The book that began it all: presents the Lord’s Prayer and Beatitudes in new, multi-layered interpretive translations.
Judas Thomas Mysteries Book One
A.K.A. Chisti (Neil Douglas-Klotz)
“gripping…mesmerizingly real…” –Kirkus Reviews
A novel set in the world of the Aramaic Jesus and his contemporaries. Renegade scribes, revolutionary cells, temple spies, oppressive tyrants, and visionary prophets and priestesses collide in this historical mystery novel of the volatile first century in the Middle East.
In Blessings of the Cosmos, published in 2006, Neil investigates Jesus’ best-loved benedictions, including: invocations of light, joy, peace, and faith in the Beatitudes in Luke, and Jesus’ last messages to the disciples, including the “great commandment” on love, the “many mansions” teaching, and the blessing of “greater works.”
Ebook from Sounds True.