BIBL 537 Biblical Aramaic
A Semitic language related to Hebrew (and Phoenician) widely spoken in Syria during the first millennium B.C.E., Aramaic would become the lingua franca (common language) of the Persian Empire. Following a brief grammatical overview, seminar progresses directly to the translation of the Aramaic portions of Daniel and Ezra. Course also reflects on the possible impact of the Isaiah Targum on the words and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, who spoke (a later form of) Aramaic. Prerequisites: two semesters of Hebrew or permission of the instructor.