ACABS 483 - Aramaic I
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ACABS 102.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Please ignore the advisory prerequisite. Students need not have any acquaintance with any Semitic language to take this course; all are welcome.

This course offers an introduction to the study of Aramaic, the language of the Arameans, and 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 Targumim (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 7th edition of Franz Rosenthal's A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic (Porta Linguarum Orientalium 5; Wiesbaden: Harrosowitz, 2006). Other material will be covered by handouts distributed once classes begin.

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ACABS 483 - Aramaic I
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001 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 3447052511
A grammar of biblical Aramaic, Author: Franz Rosenthal. With an index of biblical citations, comp. by Daniel M. Gurtner, Publisher: Harrassowitz 7., expand 2006
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