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Dr George M. Lamsa



Dr George M. Lamsa (August 5, 1892 September 22, 1975) was an Assyrian scholar and author. He was born in Mar Bishu in what is now the extreme east of Turkey. A native Aramaic speaker, he translated the Aramaic Peshitta (literally "straight, simple, sincere or true") into English versions of the Old Testament and the New Testament.









Dr Lamsa was a member of the Assyrian Church of the East. He was a strong advocate of one of that Church's beliefs: Peshitta primacy (a form of Aramaic primacy). His hypothesis was that for the New Testament, the Aramaic Peshitta was the original text, and the Greek versions were translated from it. In support of this, he claimed that Aramaic was the language of Jesus, His Disciples and the earliest Christians, including the authors of the Bible.


Lamsa further claimed that while most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the original was lost and the present Hebrew version, the Masoretic text, was corrupted, and possibly retranslated from the Peshitta OT (a very old Aramaic version of the Old Testament).


Lamsa produced his own English translation of the entire Judeo-Christian Bible in the form of The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts, more commonly known as the Lamsa Bible, freely available online on this website, and for purchase in hardcopy.



Some of his more famous works include:





Thanks goes to Wikipedia and the Aramaic Bible Society for sharing this information.