Undergraduate Course: Aramaic (BIST10025)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A study of Biblical Aramaic grammar and the text of the Book of Daniel chapters 2-7.
To read the 'Hebrew' Bible one must know Aramaic. To understand Jesus the Jew one must have knowledge of the language in which he spoke. This course will teach students the rudiments of the Aramaic language by a study of its vocabulary and grammar.
By the end of the course, students will have read all of the Aramaic portions of the Hebrew Bible in simplified or real form. Depending upon the class, there may be opportunities to read non-biblical texts, Elephantine Papyri, Genesis Apocryphon, Targum, Midrash, though these will not be examined.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The textbook by Frederick E. Greenspahn, An Introduction to Aramaic, will be used for the course, corrected and supplemented by handouts of readings. Students will follow each lesson, memorize vocabulary and paradigms, and do the exercises (including translations from English into Aramaic) and prepare the graded reading passages. Short quizzes will be used to assess student progress.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have learned the grammar of Biblical Aramaic.
- Know how Aramaic linguistic features differ from Biblical Hebrew.
- Have the ability to read a selection of pointed and unpointed Aramaic texts.
- Demonstrate an ability to translate and exegete texts in Aramaic.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Self- discipline
- Self- direction
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
- Ability to read texts in a different language
|Course organiser||Prof Timothy Lim
Tel: (0131 6)50 8919
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227