HB215 --- INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL ARAMAIC by gregorio11

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									                  HB215 --- INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL ARAMAIC
                             Instructor: James M. Lindenberger
                                         Spring 2009


Purpose:
To gain a basic understanding of the rudiments of biblical Aramaic grammar and vocabulary,
and as time allows, a limited introduction to the extra-biblical varieties of the language.

Competence Objectives: A working ability to read the language. Aramaic is recommended for
for M.Div. students, or M.A. and Th.M. students specializing in Bible, especially for those who
plan to pursue biblical studies beyond the master’s level.

Format:
3 hours weekly, with extensive outside preparation.

Content:
Introduction to biblical Aramaic grammar and vocabulary; patterns of Aramaic word and sen-
tence formation; Aramaic as an exegetical tool. We will read the entire corpus of biblical Ara-
maic (portions of Ezra 4-7 and Daniel 2-7, isolated verses from Genesis and Jeremiah), a selec-
tion of the transliterated Aramaic words in the New Testament, and (if time permits) a limited
selection of extrabiblical Aramaic.

Expectations of the Student:
Regular attendance and active participation are essential for a language course. It may not be
audited or taken part-time. There is regular homework.

Evaluation:
Regular short quizzes and a final translation exam.

Prerequisites:
A basic knowledge of biblical Hebrew (VST’s introductory Hebrew course or the equivalent).

Text:
Frederick Greenspahn, An Introduction to Aramaic, corrected 2nd ed. (Atlanta: SBL, 2007).
(We will also make use of a variety of online resources.)



3/12/08 — jml

								
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