a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.
a person who exercises authority from property rights; an owner of land, houses, etc.
a titled nobleman or peer; a person whose ordinary appellation contains by courtesy the title Lord or some higher title.
“Lord” is the English translation of the ancient Aramaic word maria which means “one who emanates an expansive feminine light [ria, ray, aura] from a bedrock of strength [mar].”
Very few people realize that the 1611 King James term lord was created in medieval England through feudalism and did not even exist during the time of Yeshua. In ancient Aramaic culture, the word maryah was used to recognize one who “shines a feminine spiritual light from a place of strength” and was never a description of one person’s earthly power over another. Another much more common, colloquial Aramaic word mari was also more of a term of endearment than the acknowledgement of a power person or lord in the sense that we often think of it today. Being Jewish, Yeshua would have also used the Hebraic term Adonai as well.
The primary Greek word for lord is kyrios, which was also a term used when speaking of Zeus, the greatest of the Greek pantheon of Gods. Incidentally, the ancient Koine Greek word Iesous, the source of the word “Jesus” in truth means “hail Zeus”. I will also admit that I do shudder a bit when I hear someone say Jeshua, as there is no “J” sound in Aramaic. The modern sounding of the letter J has in fact only been around since the years 1524 in ANY language. It was then that Italian Renaissance grammarian Gian Giorgio Trissino made the clear distinction between the English letters I and J, which up to that point had both been more of a yah sound.
The co-dependent, medieval English feudal term hlāford ultimately became the now common lord. Lord was widely used in the original 1611 “Authorized” King James Bible and continues to be heavily used to this day. Few think about the significance of this word on modern sensibilities, not to mention how far removed it is from its much more ancient tonality and meaning. The feudal lord, or land owner, was also called the “bread giver” or the “giver of life” by the peons, or general laborers within feudalism.
The ancient root sounds of ray, reya, reeah and aura all point toward an expanding feminine, reflective light that is sensed more than seen. Much like the human aura or etheric energy fields, we are speaking of a light that is not easily seen by the human eye, but rather sensed through the open space of the mystical heart. The Greek word mystikol points toward something that is directly experiential rather than only cognitively understood. The mar sound connotes a firm bedrock of strength which exists in a state of absolute wholeness or holiness.
The etymology of the yah sound is hotly debated in scholarly circles. While some claim that yah at the end of maria points to “Yah”, or YHWH, many refute that claim in light of the fact that the ya sound in maryah is derived from the Hebrew/Aramaic letters yod and alef rather than yod and hey, as yah is spelled. In either case, maria can be one of the most powerfully opening tones of the ancient Aramaic words of Yeshua.
[excerpted in part from Dale’s book “Echoes of an Ancient Dream: Aramaic Toning on the Path of Light”]