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Aramaic newbie - recommendation on NT with vowels
Hi all,

I'm looking for recommendations on the purchase of an Aramaic NT with vowel pointings.

By way of explanation I came across Dave Bauscher's <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> and after some research I've purchased his translation and interlinear. Love it.

So now I'm looking to learn Aramaic for long term study. The resource I'm using for learning Aramaic, <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> and Dave Bauscher's work both use the square script, so if I could find an Aramaic NT book with vowel pointings in the square script that would be ideal, however it appears to me that the square script and Aramaic are usually only found together in the Old Testament.

However, there seem to be a plethora of scripts (Syriac, Estrangela...) and how does one choose. Its like trying to buy a car having never driven one. I'm hoping someone learned on this forum could give me a heads up on a recommendation for an Aramaic NT with vowel pointings, or a least the main choices and why.

Here is what I'm thinking at the moment:-
- After the online lessons at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m -->, I think I'll get the grammar "Aramaic Grammar Vol.1 by Rev. Thomas Arayathinal". Can someone please tell me what script this volume uses and what Aramaic NT book would be recommended to go with it.
- Alternatively, I could choose an Aramaic NT based on the script which has the best study resources and Lexicons. Comments welcome here too.

Thank you for your assistance
Shlama akhi,

a great choice it is to undertake studying in the original language!! you will be more blessed than you ever imagined! don't get discourage, but keep up the lessons and you will be rewarded!

here's a downloadable copy for free in both "Hebrew" Ashuri script and Estrangela.
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or, you can purchase an interlinear Aramaic/Hebrew version at:
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also, if you want the more correct readings from the PESHITTA itself, you can read them in the Ashuri script your looking for at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- w --> - just select the Khabouris Codex and choose the Levistam font (a truly beautiful font based off of a Sepher script).

i would personally recommend learning a few different scripts, though. so many available helps online and in book form exist only in one script or another, so you really need to familiarize yourself with a few of them after awhile to take advantage of the full spectrum of aides.

hope you find what you're looking for! <!-- s:biggrin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biggrin.gif" alt=":biggrin:" title="Big Grin" /><!-- s:biggrin: -->

Chayim b'Moshiach,
Thanks for these links, great resources on the torahwellsprings page, and best of all the Peshitto and Dictionary are in Hebrew script.

I take your point about learning other scripts, and expect to be able to do this in time.

For now, thanks again for replying as I hadn't found this resource googling, and it is exactly what I was looking for.


glad to help! we need a section on here devoted just to the online and book helps for the Aramaic language so that everyone can go there for ease, and share what new aides they run across.

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Chayim b'Moshiach,

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