Over two-thousand-years ago, tribes from the desert and the hills migrated into Assyria (think Babylon). One of the tribes that came in great numbers was the “Syrian Arameans”. I guess it was just a numbers game. The masses spoke Aramaic and it became the predominant language across western Asia and when Jesus came along he spoke it too.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:
The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)
The Guild (Book 2)
The Last Quadroon (Book 3)
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