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Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:57:57 AM »
No?

Well, I do...lol

Does anyone know good books on learning ancient Syriac, especially if I want to, let’s say, read ancient manuscripts of Severus of Antioch (I assume his writings were preserved in West Syriac?).
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 11:41:49 AM »
George Anton Kiraz's A New Syriac Primer is very student-friendly and has an audio component, which is helpful. This uses the Western Syriac pronunciation, which is unusual in most English-language textbooks.

I learned from Robinson's Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar; it uses the Western Syriac script, but the Eastern pronunciation. This is a weird convention Western scholars decided on.

Both books are really over-priced, the latter especially so, given its cheap glue binding. Wheeler M. Thackston's Introduction to Syriac is much more affordable, and not bad. It emphasizes reading without vowels, which is a pain at first but good in the long run. However, it uses both Eastern pronunciation and the Estrangela script. The scripts aren't THAT different, so that may be overblown as an impediment.

I would lean toward using Kiraz's book if I were starting today, especially if West Syriac sources are my goal.
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2018, 11:54:28 AM »
Awesome!!!

Thank you...I shall order Kiraz’s book soon!
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2018, 02:35:57 PM »
I learned from Robinson's Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar

As did I, though I did use Thackston for the first semester.

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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2018, 09:28:46 PM »
There is a basics of Classical Syriac online course that is supposed to be offered soon by Zondervan.

I don't know if this is what you are looking for but it looks intriguing.

https://courses.zondervanacademic.com/classical-syriac
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2018, 09:49:26 PM »
This is great. I don't actually want to learn Syriac, but being able to grasp the meaning of sentences using a grammar and dictionary (something I wish) is something that requires basical knowledge.
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2018, 10:36:57 PM »
There is a basics of Classical Syriac online course that is supposed to be offered soon by Zondervan.

I don't know if this is what you are looking for but it looks intriguing.

https://courses.zondervanacademic.com/classical-syriac

Nice!
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2018, 10:26:09 AM »
who needs Syriac when you have Slavonic!
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Re: Want to Learn Ancient Syriac?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2018, 10:40:24 AM »
who needs Syriac when you have Slavonic!
I think St. Ephrem would feel silly trying to communicate in Slavonic in IV-century Syria.
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