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Articles, Essays, and Various
This section contains
various articles, essays, and other compositions of interest to the Aramaic
enthusiast. Unless stated otherwise, all of these works are copywrited
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Books in the Public Domain
In this section,
as time and availability permit, I will be placing scans of books whose
copyright has expired. In the United States this generally means books
published 75 years or more before the present date. In the European Union,
this means books whose author has been dead 70 years or more before the
present date. Luckily for Aramaic enthusiasts, quite a few titles of interest
meet these requirements, including Peshittä editions, grammars, and
(Due to the large size of these
files and slow server issues, you may get better results by downloading
the files first, and then viewing them off-line.)
Please note that,
while these grammars contain a great deal of useful information, they also
contain some 19th century errors and misconceptions. They are best used
in conjunction with a modern introductory grammar, such as Thackston's
Introduction to Syriac.
The Elements of Syriac, 1906.
This is an elementary grammar that features an extensive
section of reading lessons with commentary.
Eberhard Nestle, 1900.
This is the 1900 English translation
of the German scholar's 1881 Latin Syriac Porta. It features a grammar
section, an extensive bibliography, a chrestomathy of Syriac texts, and
*The expansion of the bibliography
in the 1900 edition put the pages out of order.
(The Four Holy Gospels), Philip Edward Pusey and George Henry Gwilliam,
This is a critical edition of the
four Gospels of the Peshitta New Testament based on the readings of forty
one manuscripts from the fifth century onwards, both "Nestorian" and "Jacobite."
It also includes the Eusebian canon tables, notes from the Qarkafta (the
Syriac equivalent of the Hebrew Massora), and a translation of the Gospels
into Latin which I have not reproduced here.
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