WHO ARE THE ARAMEANS?
The Aramean people are an ancient Semitic-speaking people that currently live as a Christian minority group primarily in the Galilee region, northern Israel. While they were formerly classified as ethnic Arabs or without ethnic identity, since September 2014, Christian families that can speak Aramaic or have an Aramaic family tradition can register as Aramean under Israeli law. Today, between 500,000 and 850,000 people speak Aramaic. Aramaic is believed to be the language Jesus spoke during his public ministry and everyday life. It was also the language of sections of the biblical books Daniel and Ezra and is one of the languages of the Talmud.