A historical dictionary translating Syriac into Arabic, this handy volume brings together the language of the author’s Chaldean Church and the Arabic of his contemporary culture. This scarce volume, now available in the west, is sure to be of considerable interest to scholars of Syriac and Arabic alike.
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Among the early attempts to bring ancient languages together, Manna’s lexicon is a landmark. A concise comparison between Syriac, the language of the Chaldean Church, and Arabic, the language of the contemporary culture, this work has eminently practical application. Originally a tool for Arabic-speaking Chaldean Christians, this dictionary quickly became a standard reference tool for scholars of Syriac as well. By printing this scarce resource, Gorgias Press now makes this insightful lexicon widely available to western scholars.
Eugene Manna (1867-1928) was a Chaldean educator and priest. He was eventually consecrated bishop, but after disagreements with his hierarchy, he disappeared, leaving his episcopal cross and ring in his room. Several days later his body was found in the Tigris River. In addition to his lexicon, he wrote a Syriac grammar and a two-volume collection of Syriac literature.