http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbinical_literatureceid donn wrote:No, there is not much in the way of extent Aramaic texts.
As you can see, Aramaic was the literary language of the Jewish world for long enough to produce some of their most important religious texts, and definitely more important nowadays than Greek ever was.Aramaic thrived when the Jewish world was becoming more and more Hellenized, and thus, as you would expect, it only lived a very short life as a literary language, quickly being replaced by Greek.
No, you weren't expected to study Aramaic because it's not the language of the Bible. But this is a very Christian-centric viewpoint. Any serious Talmudic scholar has to know it.This is why in grad school, although the theological part of my phil/theo degree plan was focused on Biblical studies, I wasn't required to study Aramaic. Aramaic is something only a particular niche of Bible scholars have devoted time to being specialized in, because its use in Biblical research is pretty limited. If you need to know something about Aramaic you'd just look to those people's research rather than spending a good chunk of your time getting specialized in it yourself.
Luke wrote:Coptic (?)
Not as many as you might think, nor as well as you might think.Classical Arabic it's already known by millions of Muslims
Can you back that up? They seem very different to me.Ge'ez just weird Amharic
Who? Neo-Syriac is Classical Syriac in the same way that French is neo-Latin.Classical Syriac people still semi-speak it
Not really. Modern Hebrew has changed quite a lot over the past hundred years or so, and now it's at least as different from Biblical Hebrew as Modern English is from Early Modern.Biblical/Classical Hebrew hello? Israel? They kind of skipped 2000 years of language change
What do you mean, "done"? A knowledge of modern English might give you a working knowledge of Middle English, but not Old English.Old English -> Middle English done
Can these really be said to be "in use" when they're mainly used for ritual purposes?Old Church Slavonic/ Old Bulgarian in use
Sanskrit in use
3) isn't amharic descended from ge'ez?
iodalach93 wrote:For those who have learnt/are learning/are just interested in Coptic: did you manage to find free lessons/PDFs/other material for learning it online? I highly doubt I can find something in the local libaries...
xivrox wrote:An amazing place to start for everyone interested in ancient languages... There is a lot of resources for many languages, and Coptic is among them. Just select Coptic grammars, and I think you won't need any other materials...
iodalach93 wrote:Wow! To jest fantastyczne! Nie wiedziałem o istnieniu tamtej strony, dziękuję bardzo xivrox! Jestem pewny, że będzie bardzo pomocne
Czy ty również studiujesz starożytny język?
Ⲛⲟϥⲣⲓ!iodalach93 wrote:For those who have learnt/are learning/are just interested in Coptic: did you manage to find free lessons/PDFs/other material for learning it online? I highly doubt I can find something in the local libaries...
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