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Basics of Biblical Aramaic: Complete Grammar, Lexicon, and Annotated Text Paperback – June 12, 2011
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Miles Van Pelt (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also serves as Academic Dean. Miles lives in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife, Laurie, and their four children.
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Basics of Biblical Aramaic (BBA hereafter) is a "Complete Grammar, Lexicon, and Annotated Text." I'll review each of these components in turn.
SCOPE, AIM AND AUDIENCE
BBA seeks to include "everything you need to learn biblical Aramaic" and is "designed for those who already have a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew." This is a fair expectation, since most students of Aramaic only come to Aramaic having already had Hebrew (and often Greek, too). This allows Van Pelt to use Hebrew as a springboard for Aramaic throughout the book, which he does to great effect. He writes "for those students who desire to study, teach, and preach faithfully from those portions of the Bible that appear in Aramaic."
I write as a member of Van Pelt's target audience. I've had (more than) a year of Hebrew but no Aramaic to date.
Van Pelt divides the grammar into the following sections:
*Phonology, in which he introduces the Aramaic alphabet, vowels, and syllabification
*The Nominal System, in which he covers nouns (absolute, determined, and construct states), conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns and pronominal suffixes, adjectives, numerals, adverbs, and particles
*The Verbal system, in which he covers the simple Peal stem in all its conjugations (perfect, imperfect, imperative, etc.Read more ›
Zondervan has made another helpful addition to their growing number of language resources. Dr. Miles V. Van Pelt - co-author of <em>Basics of Biblical Hebrews</em> - has recently published a grammar of Aramaic. Those who are familiar with Hebrew and Old Testament are aware that there are a number of important OT passages that come to us in Aramaic.
Those who have used Van Pelt's Hebrew grammar will find a similar structure in this grammar. I find the layout helpful. I am a highly visual learner and the frequent charts and break-up of paragraphs prevented the all-to-frequent feeling of being overwhelmed by content. The grammar also comes with a lexicon of Aramaic vocabulary and a collection of OT texts that are in Aramaic.
Reviewing this text exposed my need to brush up on my knowledge of Hebrew grammar. Van Pelt's contribution is not for those who have not had training in Hebrew first. But, for those who do have training in Hebrew this will prove a very helpful text for Aramaic. I can't wait to have the time to dive into this grammar and benefit from Van Pelt's excellent ability to teach difficult subjects.
NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I have received the aforementioned text as compensation for my review.
Van Pelt has provided this grammar, lexicon, and annotated text, to help the student in the interpretation of these portions of Scripture. Due to the small portion of the Old Testament that is in Aramaic, and this books limitation to only Biblical Aramaic, Van Pelt is able to cover all the basic ground necessary for the interpretation of Aramaic in the Old Testament in one volume.
First, this book assumes some knowledge of Hebrew, and the more Hebrew one knows, the easier this book will be to use. It first serves as a basic introduction and grammar for Aramaic and then provides exercises for each concept introducing concept after concept. The first chapters are dedicated to the alphabet, nouns, prepositions, adjectives, and so on. The latter portion of the grammar is dedicated to the Aramaic verbal system. The grammar shows the clear connections between Hebrew and Aramaic.
The second portion of the book (after the grammar) contains charts and paradigms along with a lexicon of all of the Aramaic words in the OT (derived from the HALOT lexicon). The third part of the book contains the entirety of the Aramaic text of the Old Testament fully annotated and designed as an "Aramaic reader" for the student who has completed the grammatical work in the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am enjoying this book. It is a great help for those that want to understand the bible better.Published 5 days ago by Janice Gomez
This thing is horrific. It is just another one of "those" kinds of books. Cognitive Linguistics as applied to language learning at its zenith. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exhaustive book, and very useful. However, only recommended for those that have at least a first-year knowledge of Hebrew.Published 6 months ago by Jonathan A. Brown
Especially like the inclusion of all the passages in Scripture which were originally in Aramaic.Published 7 months ago by ron steele
I have been using this grammar for self-study, and am basically satisfied with its presentation of the grammatical concepts. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brandon