The Aramaic Grammar by the Rev. Thomas Arayathinal is one of the most comprehensive grammars of the Syriac language in English or in any other language. As a reference grammar alone it would be very useful, but it is not only a reference book, but a well planned teaching grammar that can be used for self-study as well as in a classroom environment. Volume I (of this 2 volume work) is divided into 40 lessons and each lesson contains a clear and easy to understand treatment of a grammatical topic, a vocabulary list and translation exercises from Syriac into English and English into Syriac in order to practice and reinforce the topic in question. The book employs the Eastern script but contains numerous examples of the Western script where necessary to show differences.
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By Tony T
Sep 9, 2013
This is excellent book for anybody who wants to master Aramaic grammar, the tongue of Jesus Christ.This covers the topics in depth from alphabets to advanced topics.Exercise is given at the end of each lesson, which will be very useful in mastering the structure as well as learning vocabulary. The book covers the grammar in very detail and depth, so if you are a novice you may not get the grip for few weeks. But, you do not need to lose the hope, keep on reading, and you will slowly master each topic.
I will not comment too much on the content of book itself, since it will take me some time to be thoroughly acquainted with it, but that the potential buyer would be assured that this is a quality print, although the book is old and this can be seen in the type, sometimes the lines are not quite straight. Other than this, it is an excellent book, some typos and mistakes are in it, but there is a correction table at the back. As you can see from the book preview, it covers a great deal of ground, this is my second book on Aramaic grammar, the first being Classical Aramaic by Rocco etc. This is far more comprehensive. About the size of the book, it is very dense, so as large as the book is, it is actually more comprehensive than it even seems. Atour has made this book available to us, at an excellent price, if I were to buy the hardback version of these books, I would have to have paid more than 4 times as much. This is a good work and I am grateful for the effort in getting this... More > published at an affordable price for us with less finance.< Less
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