So-called linguistic approaches to Aramaic by ViolettaArenz []
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Studies in the historical syntax of Aramaic

by Na'ama Pat-El

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So-called linguistic approaches to Aramaic   (2021-04-11)


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by ViolettaArenz

The authoress bases her syntactical studies on the electronic files of the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon (Cincinnati). Thus her ability to quote the sources according to the published works is next to non-existent. Her grasp of translation technique from Aramaic into English is more than wanting. The tip of the iceberg is that she does not understand the religious contents of many texts and through this fails to comprehend the actual meanings of the texts. She even suggests that a Western Christian Aramaic text passage speaks of 'The Messiah was created in eleven hours'. Similar slip-ups she creates in Babylonian Talmudic Aramaic passages. As much as one welcomes new approaches to the syntax of Aramaic, one should at least be able to translate the Aramaic in an adequate fashion. 

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