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Gorgias Illustrated Learner's Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary

The Gorgias Illustrated Learner's Syriac English, English-Syriac Dictionary is both a convenient academic resource and a door into the world of Modern Literary Syriac. With 13,000 entries drawn from the major existing works, alongside dozens of explanatory boxes on biblical, historical, theological, liturgical, cultural, as well as grammatical topics, and over 80 colored illustrations, it is a practical tool for those that wish to access all but the most specialized Classical Syriac texts.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4180-3
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Aug 31,2020
Interior Color: Black with Color Inserts
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 621
Languages: Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4180-3
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The Gorgias Illustrated Learner's Syriac English, English-Syriac Dictionary is both a convenient academic resource and a door into the world of Modern Literary Syriac. With 13,000 entries drawn from the major existing works, alongside dozens of explanatory boxes on biblical, historical, theological, liturgical, cultural, as well as grammatical topics, and over 80 colored illustrations, it is a practical tool for those that wish to access all but the most specialized Classical Syriac texts.
The Gorgias Illustrated Learner's Syriac English, English-Syriac Dictionary is both a convenient academic resource and a door into the world of Modern Literary Syriac. With 13,000 entries drawn from the major existing works, alongside dozens of explanatory boxes on biblical, historical, theological, liturgical, cultural, as well as grammatical topics, and over 80 colored illustrations, it is a practical tool for those that wish to access all but the most specialized Classical Syriac texts.
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A treasure trove of language and culture
I was hesitant to buy this since I already owned Margoliouth's lexicon. However, I am very happy that I did.
The dictionary itself is ordered alphabetically, and it lists words by attested forms rather than their roots. This means that shin-causatives are listed under shin, hollow verbs like qwm are listed under qm, etc. This makes it easy to look up words you are uncertain about.
The notes and pictures scattered throughout every page of the Syriac-English section make it feel like an encyclopedia of Syriac history and culture. It's a joy to simply pick up and read.
There are extremely helpful grammatical notes in the dictionary, and a substantial appendix with a grammatical sketch. While the grammatical sketch is not detailed, it includes a lot of unique information you won't find other places, like diagnostic information that can help with parsing.
There's more! There's frequency lists, there's a section on greetings in modern Syriac, and of course the English-Syriac section - something that you can't find anywhere else.
This book is not a replacement for an academic lexicon like Margoliouth. Instead, it's something very different and so very valuable - a true treasure trove of information on Syriac language and culture.
Benjamin | 4/24/2024 9:38 AM
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ContributorBiography

SebastianBrock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

GeorgeKiraz

George A. Kiraz is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, the Editor-in-Chief of Gorgias Press, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He earned an M.St. degree in Syriac Studies from the University of Oxford (1991) and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1992, 1996). He has published extensively in the fields of computational linguistics, Syriac studies, and the digital humanities. His latest books include The Syriac Orthodox in North America (1895–1995): A Short History (2019) and Syriac-English New Testament (2020).

George is an ordained Deacon of the rank of Ewangeloyo (Gospler) in the Syriac Orthodox Church where he also serves on several Patriarchal, Synodal, and local committees. He lives in Piscataway, NJ, with his wife Christine and their children, Tabetha Gabriella, Sebastian Kenoro, and Lucian Nurono.

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