Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook

by Donald R. Vance / George Athas / Yael Avrahami / Jonathan G. Kline

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Retail: $29.95
Size: 6.125 x 9.25 inches
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 233
Pub Date: January 2017
ISBN: 9781619708914
ISBN-13: 9781619708914
Item Number: 708914
Categories: Language and Reference; General Reference Works

Product Description

Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook is a “one-stop shop” for anyone who is studying Biblical Aramaic or seeking to retain the knowledge they have already acquired. A wonderful resource for both professors and students, Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook effectively empowers students to be able to read the Bible’s Aramaic texts with comprehension, ease, and enjoyment, and to sustain a solid, lasting command of the language long after their formal study has ended. Split into two main sections—a Reader and word lists—this is an essential tool for anyone who wants to read the Aramaic portions of the Bible with understanding and confidence, and to maintain this ability over the long term.

Created by a team of scholars: Donald R. Vance (PhD), George Athas (PhD), Yael Avrahami (PhD), and Jonathan G. Kline (PhD).

Reader with running apparatus:
- Complete text of the Aramaic portions of the Bible.
- Contextual glosses and parsing for words in Biblical Aramaic that occur fewer than 25 times (= 94% of all vocabulary), and parsing for all verb forms, regardless of number of occurrences.
- Full, clear parsing abbreviations.

An extensive array of unique, pedagogically effective word lists:
-All the verbs in Biblical Aramaic are listed by stem and type of root, by frequency of root and attested form, and more.
All words are grouped by part of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, particles, etc.), including idiomatic phrases.
- All suffixed forms in Biblical Aramaic are presented according to suffix.
- Includes frequency lists for all words, which note the predominant forms in which words occur.
- Includes lists of homonyms, loanwords, and more.

This means…
- No reaching for a separate lexicon, since the correct definition in context is provided on the same page as the text (and a handy glossary is provided for the several dozen most common words as well).
- You’ll spend your time learning the words you’ll actually encounter in the Bible, since the verb lists contain only the Aramaic forms that occur in the biblical text. No memorization of full paradigms with lots of forms you’ll never need to know!
- You can focus on memorizing the forms that are most commonly encountered first, since many lists are ordered by frequency. This helps you read Biblical Aramaic even faster (by eliminating the need to consult the glosses)!


“I recommend it without hesitation to those looking for a reader’s aid for Biblical Aramaic. The editors are to be congratulated for a very useful tool and the publisher is to be thanked for bringing to us a work which will undoubtedly find its way to many classrooms and studies.”
Jim West, Zwinglius Redivivus blog
Read the entire review at

Author Bios

Donald R. Vance has served as Associate Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature at Oral Roberts University, studied Northwest Semitic Philology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and received a Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation from the Joint Doctoral Program of the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. He is the author of The Question of Meter in Biblical Hebrew Poetry.

George Athas (PhD, University of Sydney) is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Old Testament, Hebrew, and Church History at Moore College, in Sydney, Australia, and the author of several books, including The Tel Dan Inscription: A Reappraisal and a New Interpretation.

Yael Avrahami (PhD, University of Haifa) is chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Oranim Academic College in Haifa, Israel, and the author of The Senses of Scripture: Sensory Perception in the Hebrew Bible.

Jonathan G. Kline (PhD, Harvard University) is the author of Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible and co-author of Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook. He currently serves as the academic editor at Hendrickson Publishers.