There’s a new online course to learn Biblical Aramaic from Hebrew University, online:
Hebrew University and eTeacher Group Offer Aramaic Language via Online Program
The Ancient Language of Daniel’s Prophecies
April 27, 2011 03:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time
JERUSALEM & TEL AVIV, Israel–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and eTeacher Group announced the addition of Aramaic to its unique offering for students around the world to participate in its joint Biblical Hebrew program.
The new program builds upon the success of the Biblical Hebrew program introduced in 2007 and which now boasts students from around the world including North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
The 14 week course focuses on reading Aramaic-based texts in the Old Testament more specifically examining the Aramaic prophecies of Daniel and the sections of the book of Ezra.
So if you have an interest in Daniel or Ezra, check it out. 🙂
Preregistration for the following classes over at Aramaic Designs has opened:
ARC010: The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer
This is a specialty 8-week course that was put together at Aramaic Designs for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Lord’s Prayer in Jesus’ mother tongue, Aramaic.
Duration: 8+ weeks.
SYR101: Classical Syriac
This course will serve as a basic introduction to Classical Syriac Aramaic, a major literary dialect that was prominent between the 2nd and 8th centuries CE, most notably as the vehicle for Syrian Christianity, that stretched as far as China and India. Upon completion, the student will have a firm grasp of Syriac grammar and a sizeable vocabulary.
Duration: 15+ weeks.
Both of these courses are set to open before the end of July. They are 100% online so you can enroll at any time and work through them at your own pace.
Preregistrants will have access to the material for an extended period of time and the ability to put in requests for additional material before the class open officially.
A number of people have expressed their interest in the Aramaic classes that are offered over at Aramaic Designs, but that the price (in this economy) has been prohibitive.
Because of this a new class is in development that should be ready in the next couple of months that will be on the topic of the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer. The basic information at this time is as follows:
ARC010: The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer
Duration: 8 weeks (~2 months)
Enrollment: Rolling (you can enroll at any time)
Current Syllabus: (subject to change, but probably close to this)
- What’s So Special About The Lord’s Prayer?
– Context & History
– The Prayer in Greek
- A (Brief) History of Aramaic & the Language of Jesus
– An Introduction to Aramaic & its Alphabet
– The Aramaic of Jesus
- The Syriac Peshitta Lord’s Prayer
– An Introduction to the Peshitta
– The Peshitta Lord’s Prayer
- Other Syriac Lord’s Prayer Traditions
– The Other Syriac Traditions and Their Relation to Each Other
– Old Syriac, Harklean, etc.
- Scholarly Reconstructions of the Lord’s Prayer
– Reconstructing the Words of Jesus
– The Jesus Seminar
– Individual Scholarly Reconstructions (Jeremias’, Fitzmeyer, Chilton, Brock, etc.)
- Modern Aramaic Traditions of the Lord’s Prayer
– The Plight of Neo-Aramaic
– Neo-Aramaic Examples (Neo-Assyrian, Ma`loula, etc.)
- Odd Translations of the Lord’s Prayer
– An “Aramaic” Imagination
– Notable Odd Translations (Ouseley, Lamsa/Errico, Douglas-Klotz, etc.)
- Conclusions, Thoughts & Final Paper
– Aramaic and Prayer
– Greater Historical Context
– Final essay on any topic covered in the class, or other topic subject to professor approval (~500-1000 words).
All who are interested or wish to have more information, please email in to Information@AramaicDesigns.com.
It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on here, mainly because between the crazy economy, Presidential transition, filling translation orders, classes at the University, and work on the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, I have been swamped.
I’ve never considered myself an archeologist in any sort of literal sense, but now sorting through 20 year old code and piecing together old systems alongside silver casting phrases in Old Aramaic, I’m feeling this weird sense of irony.
Hopefully I’ll have some neat stuff up on here soon relating to the following:
- Significantly cheaper and more focused online Aramaic Classes.
- An Aramaic Class on the Lord’s Prayer and a select few of Jesus’ other sayings.
- New Aramaic jewelry.
- New tattoo stencils based off of Liz’s artwork and some new art of my own.
And lastly, anything else you can think of. Simply leave a comment on this thread with your ideas.
Absolutely awesome site makeover employing well-done user-centered design (UCD). 🙂
The only drawback is that it only supports ~shudder~, Internet Explorer. 😛
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