HEB 374 • INTRODUCTION TO PALESTINIAN ARAMAIC
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Targumic Aramaic is the name given to one of the earliest translations of the Hebrew Bible (Targum is the Hebrew word for "translation"). This dialect is contemporaneous with some of the Dead Sea Scrolls ans is still very important in Jewish liturgy. The Aramaic translation contains many exegetical deviations from the Hebrew text and thus allows us a peek into Jewish theology at the time of its composition. The course will cover the grammar of the dialect and will especially focus on reading. The translation of the Pentateuch is the basic text for the course, but if time permits, students will also be presented with the translation of the prophets (Targum Jonathan). Some knowledge of Hebrew is recommended, but not required.
Class Participation (20%), regular assignments (20%), oral class reports (40%), and attendance (20%).
A list of required and optional texts will be provided in class.