ACABS 483 - Aramaic I
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
ACABS 102.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course offers an introduction to the study of Aramaic, the language of the Arameans, the administrative language of the western Persian Empire. It was the lingua-franca for much of the Ancient Near East in the middle of the 1st millennium BCE and remained the common language of the populace through the first few centuries of the common era. The course will begin with a study of Biblical Aramaic, including portions of Daniel and Ezra. The course will also cover portions of other corpora, including some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Targumin (the ancient Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible), inscriptions, papyri, and rabbinic writings from the first centuries of the common era.

We will use, as our textbook, the 6th edition of Franz Rosenthal’s A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic (Porta Linguarum Orientalium 5; Wiesbaden: Harrosowitz, 1995). Other material will be covered by handouts distributed once classes begin.

Student evaluation will be based on attendance, class participation, performance on quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam. Students need not have any acquaintance with any Semitic language to take the course; all are welcome. Feel free to ask questions. Email me at

ACABS 483 - Aramaic I
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001 (REC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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