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Biblical Aramaic

HEB 7810 - Biblical AramaicA study of the basic principles of phonology, morphology, and syntax of Biblical Aramaic. Translation and analysis of the Aramaic texts, both biblical and Second Temple Literature. The course assumes a reading knowledge of Hebrew. 3 semester hr(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 5120 . Every 2-3 years.

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Unlike most of the resources out there, BARH focuses on helping the student learn and understand the forms that occur in the biblical text, as opposed to only lexical forms. It is not a grammar, although by studying the lists, which organize words according to parts of speech, stem, and strong/weak root types, the student will be inductively learning various aspects of the grammar.

Amy Paulsen-Reed is an Assistant Editor and Sales Rep at Hendrickson Publishers. She has a doctorate in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University, where she focused on Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity. She lives in Burlington, MA with her husband Michael and her daughter Lillian. She is a self-confessed language and grammar nerd, and enjoys cooking, baking, and napping in her spare time.

Basics of Biblical Aramaic Video Lectures provides 22 easy-to-follow lessons. It is an ideal resource for formal Aramaic language students wanting additional help in their learning; for instructors wanting to devote classroom time to drills and exercises, giving them a lecture tool their students can watch on their own time; and for armchair students of biblical Aramaic with an interest in learning on their own.

For nearly a thousand years, the texts of the Hebrew Bible were transmitted both in writing, as consonantal texts lacking much of the information on their pronunciation, and orally, as an accompanying reading tradition which supplied this information. During this period of oral transmission, sound changes affected the reading tradition. This paper identifies a number of sound changes that took place in the reading tradition by comparing their effects on Biblical Hebrew to those on Biblical Aramaic, the related but distinct language of a small part of the biblical corpus: sound changes that affect both languages equally probably took place in the reading tradition, while those that are limited to one language probably preceded this shared oral transmission. Drawing this distinction allows us to reconstruct the pronunciation of Biblical Aramaic as it was fixed in the reading tradition, highlighting several morphological discrepancies between the dialect underlying it and that of the consonantal texts.

Basics of Biblical Aramaic, Second Edition by Miles V. Van Pelt is designed for students who are already familiar with biblical Hebrew and now want to obtain a working knowledge of biblical Aramaic in a single semester. Thus, the grammar is designed for scholars or comparative linguistic analysis, but for all students who wish to faithfully study, teach, and preach the Old Testament.

There are 269 verses in the Old Testament written in Aramaic, not in Hebrew. Most of the verses are found in Daniel and Ezra. Basics of Biblical Aramaic follows the same easy-to-understand style found in the widely used Basics of Biblical Hebrew and includes everything you need to learn biblical Aramaic. This book is designed for those who already have a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew.

The following Excel spreadsheet contains three tabs: one containing the biblical words, one containing the words from the targums, and one containing a mixed list. Note that targumic Aramaic can be quite different than biblical Aramaic in places, but the vocab set is still helpful.

ARAMIC 522 Aramaic Texts from Antiquity (5)Language, style, and literary sophistication of Aramaic texts. Texts represent a long historical development in the language: Old Aramaic inscriptions of Sefire and Tell Fekheriya, Biblical book of Daniel, Imperial Aramaic letters from Elephantine, select passages from the Dead Sea scrolls, Targumim, the Talmud, and Late Antique magic bowls. Prerequisite: BIBHEB 513 or evidence of knowledge of biblical Hebrew at the appropriate level as administered by a test. Offered: Sp.View course details in MyPlan: ARAMIC 522

While almost every textbook of Biblical Aramaic assumes a basic grasp of Biblical Hebrew as a prerequisite for Aramaic study, in both its English and Chinese editions, this is the first book to use students' preexisting knowledge to full effect. Students comprehensively review Hebrew grammar and syntax, for the left facing page of the open book displays the Hebrew concepts students already know. Then the right facing page displays similar concepts in Aramaic, facilitating almost intuitive acquisition of new language knowledge. The result is a low-stress course that enables rapid learning with the goal of interpreting biblical passages written in Aramaic. 041b061a72


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