Amnesiac Man Wakes from Coma Speaking Only Ancient Hebrew

Los Angeles, CA | A 53-year old man who spent six days in the coma after presumably being assaulted in August, still has no memory of his former life and can only speak in ancient Hebrew.

The man was found unconscious in a California motel on August 9. He had with him a duffel bag of exercise clothes, a backpack and tennis rackets.

He carried a California identification card and a Social Security card, both identifying him as Jamal Miller.

When he woke up in the Cedars-Sinai hospital days later, he had no memory of his past and could only speak in an unknown language.

For three days, the puzzle remained complete until a rabbi visiting a friend in a nearby room, identified the tongue as ancient Hebrew and was able to communicate with the poor man.

“His memories don’t match his former life, at all,” says Dr. James Mackenzie, who is responsible for Mr. Miller’s case. “For some reason, he seems to have lost all his previous knowledge, but also to have gained the memories of an ancient Jewish fisherman. He speaks ancient Hebrew, talks of fishes and boats… I have never seen anything like this.”


Mr. Miller seems to believe that he is an ancient Jewish fisherman, and calls himself “Nehemiah, son of Jehozadak”.

Dr. Mackenzie believes a traumatic event may have triggered the confusion. After consulting some speech-language pathologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, and psychologists, he was able to determine that Mr. Miller’s memory problems might be caused by a combination of two relatively rare disorders called Transient Global Amnesia and Foreign Language Syndrome.

The Foreign language syndrome occurs after a serious accident or injury to the brain which renders victims unconscious.

When the patients come around they find themselves talking in completely different languages that they weren’t able to speak prior to the incident.

This may continue for only a temporary period; alternatively, some patients may find themselves speaking this completely new language for a prolonged period of time.

“This is one of the most extreme case of amnesia and memory disorders that I have ever heard about” says Dr. Mackenzie. “It’s impossible to tell if he will regain his past memories, and if his “new” memories will disappear. This is a really unique case, as people with Foreign Language Syndrome usually learn a language they had previously been exposed to, so it’s really hard to predict what could happen in Mr. Miller’s case.”


Dr. Mackenzie admits that he is a bit baffled by Mr. Miller’s rare medical condition.

Foreign language syndrome cases are extremely rare around the world, yet when they do they attract significant attention due to their uniqueness.

One the most extreme cases ever recorded occurred in April 2012, when a 17-year-old Malaysian student involved in a motorbike accident emerged from unconsciousness speaking four new languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian.

In what was considered to be an extreme form of this syndrome, the language changed on a daily basis, lasting for several hours at a time.

19 Comments on "Amnesiac Man Wakes from Coma Speaking Only Ancient Hebrew"

  1. Ballox, how would he know another language if he had never learnt it to begin with?

    • How will you learn another thing when your mind is so closed?

    • Satish Kushwah | December 21, 2015 at 9:50 pm |

      I am totally agreed with all who said that is case of reincarnation, indeed it is, as anyhow he gained his past life memories by this incidence, that might be as a fisherman who used to speak in this ascent in that particular time, God is great

  2. Calling Dr. Brian Weiss

  3. Its the evidence of reincarnation, hypnotize him and you will be shock

    • Mary K Bramble | September 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm |

      I’m sure you are right. These aren’t “new” memories, they are past life memories from a former life of his. Imagine if we could access our whole brain and all the memories that are in there!

  4. And I was repling to Brian

  5. Speaking a new language that you have not been exposed to in full is impossible with the only exception being demonicslly possest.

    • So by your theory, the 12 disciples when speaking in tongues, were possessed by demons?

      DIdn’t think about that did you!

    • Your a moron.. maybe he died while in a coma and god sent him back as a Hebrew speaking profit. Anything is possible

    • Exactly my thought

    • @Jenae Calling someone a moron when you can’t tell the difference between profit and prophet….

    • Thats not the only possibility at all. In a previous life this man was probably this fisherman. The blow to the head unlocked the memory of this and the language. Imagine the knowledge we could gain if we could access pastlife memories. Reincarnation is part of Kabbalah which is the basis of Judaism and Christianity.

    • Hey guys,,, ever consider reincarnation….he is remembering a past life….. lots of documentation validating reincarnation out there if you seek it. not so weird considering.

    • Oh Jenae….

      You poor thing.

    • ok genius…demonic possessed,why does it always have to come back to religion? some of the nastiest people I know claim to be christians..
      would’nt give you a PB&J sandwich if you were starving to death…

    • Lmao. In other words, completely impossible.

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