If you have additional interest you should check out the book by the author of that article. I read it last year. Its the story of his father - an Aramaic speaking Kurdish Jew. Its a fascinating story about Kurds and their exodus to Israel - how they were the hillbillys of the immigrants.<quoted text>
No, but it was an unusual group.
On the topic of the article, it hits on the point that I was trying to make with SamBee and Bruce a number of times. Aramaic, not Hebrew, was the vernacular at the time of Jesus and would have been the language he spoke. His name would have been Eashoa, not Yeshua. The idea that the Messianics have been throwing around to insert Hebrew names and words into the New Testament willy nilly is ridiculous. The quotations would never have been in Hebrew. As much as I dislike Mel Gibson, he had it right in his movie when he had the actors speak Aramaic.
As per Aramaic - I touched upon that in my comment to PaulWV (or was it preacher?) when I asked him if he knew what language Daniel was in. No reply.