A massive work of erudition, Smith’s Thesaurus Syriacus has stood the test of time. Rendering Syriac into the scholarly Latin of the day, this dictionary made Syriac available to scholars of the western world. Still utilized for its thoroughness and authority, this lexicon, including the posthumously prepared supplement in English, is now being made available in a three-volume edition that includes the essential 1927 supplement.
Robert Payne Smith (1819-1895) was Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University. He later went on to become the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. The Thesaurus Syriacus was his most noted publication.