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A Syriac Lexicon


A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann’s Lexicon Syriacum


The second edition of Carl Brockelmann’s Lexicon Syriacum, published in 1928, is a highly reputable Syriac dictionary. However, its Latin language and the ordering of words according to triliteral Semitic roots make its use difficult for most students and scholars. This revised edition by Sokoloff renders meanings in English, arranges words alphabetically, and includes many useful tools on a CD.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-620-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Nov 1,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 1738
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-60724-620-6
$149.50

The second edition of Carl Brockelmann’s Lexicon Syriacum, published in 1928, is a highly reputable Syriac dictionary. However, its Latin language and the ordering of words according to triliteral Semitic roots make its use difficult for most students and scholars. Moreover, the dictionary was composed in an extremely concise manner, which meant that references were given without citing any of the text. This often makes the glosses impossible even for someone who knows Latin.

In the 81 years that have passed since the book’s publication, there have been great advances in both Aramaic and Semitic studies. Moreover, Syriac studies—especially the publication of the critical texts of classical authors, such as Ephrem—have greatly enhanced our knowledge of Syriac and have made the publication of a new and up-to-date dictionary imperative. However, because a new dictionary project does not yet exist and would take decades to complete, Sokoloff has thoroughly revised Brockelmann’s work.

This new edition gives the meanings in English, rather than Latin, added text citations and expanded the etymology, and includes two new electronic resources (English-Syriac and Text References) for the ease of the reader. An essential tool for anyone working in Syriac studies, Semitic linguistics, and biblical studies.

The second edition of Carl Brockelmann’s Lexicon Syriacum, published in 1928, is a highly reputable Syriac dictionary. However, its Latin language and the ordering of words according to triliteral Semitic roots make its use difficult for most students and scholars. Moreover, the dictionary was composed in an extremely concise manner, which meant that references were given without citing any of the text. This often makes the glosses impossible even for someone who knows Latin.

In the 81 years that have passed since the book’s publication, there have been great advances in both Aramaic and Semitic studies. Moreover, Syriac studies—especially the publication of the critical texts of classical authors, such as Ephrem—have greatly enhanced our knowledge of Syriac and have made the publication of a new and up-to-date dictionary imperative. However, because a new dictionary project does not yet exist and would take decades to complete, Sokoloff has thoroughly revised Brockelmann’s work.

This new edition gives the meanings in English, rather than Latin, added text citations and expanded the etymology, and includes two new electronic resources (English-Syriac and Text References) for the ease of the reader. An essential tool for anyone working in Syriac studies, Semitic linguistics, and biblical studies.

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Contributor Biography

Michael Sokoloff

Dr. Michael Sokoloff, Jerusalem, Israel, is an emeritus professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages who taught at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. His scholarly work centers on the Aramaic literary dialects of the first millenium CE written by both Jews and Christians. He has published five Aramaic dictionaries of dialects from this period, the most relevant for the present work being A Syriac Lexicon, Eisenbrauns and Gorgias Press, 2009; 2nd printing 2012.

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