- Series: Andrews University Monographs (Book 1)
- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: Andrews University Press; Revised edition (January 8, 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094387274X
- ISBN-13: 978-0943872742
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Short Grammar of Biblical Aramaic (Andrews University Monographs) Revised Edition
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This grammar is set up in a traditional graduated learning format, with a particular grammatical concept and/or set of paradigms assigned to each chapter, with vocabulary lists and translation excercises at the end of the chapter. A glossary is found at the end of the book accompanied by a section of several tables of paradigms. The grammatical concepts assigned to each chapter are well defined, and the book is sufficiently indexed, allowing it to be a useful reference. Issues of Aramaic syntax are treated only superficially, but sufficiently to gain a passive understanding of the language of the Aramaic portions of Daniel and Ezra.
My only complaint is that the translation excercises are not accompanied by any explanatory notes. I have had to do some guessing as to why certain passages are translated the way they are. This book does assume knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, but stands more or less on its own. One could theoretically use it without knowledge of Hebrew, though such a person would have to somehow learn the Hebrew/Aramaic alphabet. He would also find discussions of syntax painfully brief and cryptic. This grammar is lightyears ahead of other Aramaic grammars, Namely Stevensons' Grammar of Palestinian Jewish Aramaic, which really seeks only to teach the particular idiosyncracies of the Palestinian Jewish dialects. It was totally incomprehensible to me, even as someone who already knew Hebrew. I can't understand how it got good reviews. Johns' book is a great first look at Aramaic.
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i'm sure it's a valuable collection to one's semetic languages library.Read more