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Readings in Aramaic Texts: Biblical Aramaic and Dead Sea Scrolls

This seminar explores the historical context and content of Jewish Aramaic literature from the Second Temple period, beginning with the Persian period and ending with the early targums (Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible). Learning the basics of reading Aramaic will be integral to the seminar, for which a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew is very helpful, though not strictly required. The goal will be to read most of the Biblical Aramaic corpus in its original language, and then move onto other corpora, such as the Aramaic texts from Qumran and the targums.

RELIGST 739

Readings in Aramaic Texts: Biblical Aramaic and Dead Sea Scrolls

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Fall Offered?: No

This seminar explores the historical context and content of Jewish Aramaic literature from the Second Temple period, beginning with the Persian period and ending with the early targums (Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible). Learning the basics of reading Aramaic will be integral to the seminar, for which a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew is very helpful, though not strictly required. The goal will be to read most of the Biblical Aramaic corpus in its original language, and then move onto other corpora, such as the Aramaic texts from Qumran and the targums.


Daniel Machiela

Associate Professor | Chair of the Department of Religious Studies