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Nov. 12th, 2008 @ 09:13 am Aramaic Words for "Rock"
I know that technically this is more of a question for Aramaic scholars than Greek or Hebrew ones, but still....

We know that one of the apostles was named Kefa.This is translated by the Gospel writers as Πετρος, which has subtle differences in meaning from πετρα, the former is generally like English "stone" as opposed to the latter being more like English "rock". However, it could also be possible that Πετρος was chosen instead of Πετρα because the former is masculine and for no other reason.

My question, then, is about the Aramaic. Does that language have multiple words for "stone, rock," etc.? And what are they?

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