Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Hebrew, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion
Taught In English
Hebrew 1 (G_HEBR1JB) and Hebrew 2 (G_HEBR2JB) or similar level, to be assessed by the teaching staff.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
• will acquire elementary knowledge of Aramaic grammar;
• will acquire an insight into the main differences and points of agreement between Aramaic and Hebrew;
• will acquire a basic vocabulary of Aramaic;
• will be able to apply the acquired knowledge of grammar and to translate a simple Aramaic text with the help of a dictionary and
By cooperating with others, students will be able to optimize
Aramaic was 'the English of the ancient Near East' in the centuries leading up to Alexander's conquests, and to some extent it was able to
maintain this status even later. This course is an introduction to the Aramaic of the Persian and early Hellenistic periods. The main corpus
treated is the Aramaic of the biblical book of Daniel. This forms an excellent basis for further explorations of the language. We will discuss the basic grammar of the older forms of Aramaic (Biblical Aramaic and Old Aramaic / Official Aramaic) and read a number of Aramaic texts (including passages from the biblical book of Daniel, the letter on the Temple from Elephantine, and some inscriptions).
METHODS OF TEACHING
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Mid-term test (30%) and written exam (70%)
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Some courses may require additional fees.