THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religious Studies 595.27

Course Outline, Fall 2009

Readings in Biblical Aramaic

TBA. 

Instructor:

Eliezer Segal

Office:

Social Sciences 1314

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Telephone:

(403) 220-5886

email:

elsegal@ucalgary.ca

Required Texts:

Ager F. Johns, A Short Grammar of Biblical Aramaic

The Aramaic sections of Ezra-Nehemiah and Daniel from the Bible

Reference materials will be distributed in class.

Recommended Texts:

F. Rosenthal, A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic

Course Description:

This reading course will be devoted to the linguistic analysis of classical Aramaic texts from the Hebrew Bible and related documents. Through their reading of the texts, students will learn the basic elements of grammar, vocabulary and other features of the language.

Core Competencies:

Students will be expected to have a prior proficiency in the basic grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. At the conclusion of the course, they should be familiar with the basic elements of the classical Aramaic dialects, including phonology, verb conjugations, noun and pronoun declensions, etc. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring skills that will allow the students to study new Aramaic texts on their own with the help of the appropriate reference tools.

Course Requirements:

Students come to each class prepared to explain and discuss the designated texts, and submit any written assignments on time. Students will be evaluated on their class participation and on the submitted exercises.

This course will not have a Registrar-administered final examination.

Grading:

The final course grade will take into account all the course requirements described in the previous section. At the conclusion of the course, a letter grade will be assigned based on the following number and letter grade scheme:

A+

100 - 96

A

95 - 90

A-

89 - 85

B+

84 - 80

B

79 - 75

B-

74 - 70

C+

69 - 65

C

64 - 60

C-

59 - 55

D+

54 - 53

D

52-50

F

50 or less

Academic Honesty:

Students should be familiar with the University regulations regarding academic honesty. See University Calendar 2000-2001, pp. 49-52.