I was just browsing through some of the threads and noticed some requests for an English translation of the Peshitta other than Lamsa's. I personally use the Peshitta NT myself (as does my congregation), and I do not consider Lamsa's translation either accurate or orthodox. But the good news is better translations are either available or in the works. Unfortunately the "Lamsa Bible" is still the only complete translation of the Peshitta (both OT & NT), but nevertheless here's a list of new translations and projects in the works:The Peshitta: Aramaic/English Interlinear New Testament by Shamasha Paul D. Younan.
Translated by an Assyrian who is a deacon in the ACE. Free pdf pages can be downloaded from his site: http://www.peshitta.org
. Unfortunately he has only completed up to Acts 16.P'shitta Tanakh: The Aramaic Jewish Bible in English by Ya'aqub Younan-Levine.
An ongoing attempt to translate the Ambrosiana Codex into English by an ACE member who is of Assyrian and Jewish descent. He also runs a forum here
, and a website here
.The Aramaic Bible & Disciple's New Testament by Victor Alexander.
This is more of an idiomatic translation but on some occasions this Assyrian guy lets his personal interpretations through. The footnotes are useful though.Aramaic Peshitta New Testament Translation by Janet M. Mageira.
A modern English translation of the Western (SOC) Peshitta NT. Better than Murdock, Etheridge & Lamsa, this is a good option of SO Christians. She has also released a number of excellent Aramaic study materials
And finally, if anyone's interested, a Nazarene translation
(I use this one), and a Hebrew translation
(my Synagogue leaders (Malpane) use this). If you have any Jewish friends who are considering conversion, consider getting them one of these.
I'm not aware of an English translation done by the SOC but I've heard that George Kiraz has created an interlinear for the Logos Bible Software. If anyone knows of a translation by the SOC please post the link.
And finally one of my favourite websites: http://www.dukhrana.com/
. So many excellent Peshitta study tools, including the Khabouris Codex, George Kiraz's SEDRA (Syriac Electronic Data Retrieval Archive), dictionaries and extensive search capabilities for comparing the Peshitta (Western & Eastern) with all the Vulgate & the Greek NT texts, including the official Greek Orthodox Church text.
May MarYah Alaha bless your studies.
PS: If someone ever gets around to translating the Coptic, Armenian & Ge'ez Bibles into English that'll be really cool too.