Religious Studies | Syriac
R497 | 4165 | Brakke

An introduction to Syriac, the dialect of Aramaic used by Christians
in Syria and Mesopotamia in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.  In the
fall semester we should be able to cover all of the grammatical
essentials and perhaps begin to do some reading in the Syriac
Bible.  Previous study of a Semitic language such as Hebrew or
Arabic will be helpful, but is not required: we will start from the
beginning.  Most likely textbook is J. F. Coakley’s fifth edition of
T. H. Robinson’s Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar (due to
appear in March 2003).