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Aramaic Lexicon

Can someone recommend a good Aramaic Lexicon? I need one that will be easy for someone like me (with little or no Aramaic experience) to use. Is their one that works like the Greek Lexicons with numbers and such coded to an Interlinear text? I actually have the one by The Way International, but their Lexicon is not very exhaustive. In fact, their definitions consist of only one or two words which is not very helpful when doing word studies.


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Shlama ECF/WLJ,

Do you have William Jennings 'Syriac Lexicon of The New Testament' from 'The Way International', or only their *Concordance*??

Jennings book is about $12.95 (plus shipping) from 'The Way International', and keyed numerically to their 3 Volume Aramaic/English New Testament, or you can buy Jennings Syriac Lexicon from, for about $23.00.

I'm not sure if there is another Syriac Lexicon in print.

But I DID find this:

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AND this:

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Shlama, Albion
Thanks for the recommendations. And yes, I do have Jennings lexicon. Again it offers very concise definitions and I was looking for something a little more exhaustive. I will try Payne's Compendious Syriac Dictionary.


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Tigran Aivazian has published a reprint of Thesaurus Syriacus by J. Payne Smith and Compendius Syriac Dictionary (see <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> for details). PDFs of those are available for free, the Dictionary (i.e. the one volume in English, not Latin) is available at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> - "A Compendius Syriac Dictionary founded upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D. Edited by by J. Payne Smith (Mrs Margoliouth). Oxford, 1903.".

You can try this one: "Clavis syriaca : a key to the ancient syriac version, called "peshito," of the four holy gospels",
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I hear ECF where this is concerned, we don't have a more exhaustive lexicon of the Peshitta; Smith, Jennings & Clavis Syriaca in the end do not compare to say "Browns-Driver-Briggss Hebrew Definitions" which is tied to Strong's numbers. SEDRA comes close to Strong's but it's still far too concise, which I feel doesn't do justice to the Aramaic language. CAL is more exhaustive but the layout can be confusing, also for some reason they leave proper names out, what gives with that? So far the best "lexicon" I've come across is Janet M. Magiera's Peshitta morphology for the BibleWorks program. She gives the lexeme, the word as it is in the text, pronounciation (east & west), Strong's number (when a similar word is found in the Hebrew), and then a defination of the word, which is a little more exhaustive than SEDRA but still not as much as it should be. It's not quite "B-D-B" but the closest I've found so far.

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