New Resources: Grammar of Qumran Aramaic; Parables of the Sages

Finally, Qumran Aramaic scholars have a reference grammar to utilize. Peeter’s has recently published well known Gramamarian T. Muraoka’s A Grammar of Qumran Aramaic (Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series, 38; Leuven: Peeters, 2011). Peeter’s site states, “This is a comprehensive reference grammar of Qumran Aramaic. Not only Aramaic texts from Qumran caves, but also contemporary texts originating from other neighbouring locations in the Judaean Desert such as Nahal Hever, Murabba’at, Jericho, and Massada are covered. It would be an important tool of study for specialists in Aramaic linguistics, the Jewish culture of the Second Temple period, and the New Testament. The scope and nature of the grammar is comparable to that of Muraoka – Porten, A Grammar of Egyptian Aramaic (2nd revised ed., 2003).”


Just published by Carta is R. Steven Notley’s and Ze’ev Safrai’s The Parables of the Sages: Jewish Wisdom from Jesus to Rav Ashi. While I am having some trouble finding it on either Carta’s English or Hebrew site, I can assure you from the copy I bought at SBL that this has indeed been published. Over the summer the Hebrew edition was published, and this volume is a biglot edition. One can purchase it from Eisenbrauns though it is still in pre-order status. According to the site, “Parables of the Sages is a ground-breaking work in the study of parables in late antiquity. For the first time ever, the authors provide a complete annotated collection of narrative parables found in the earliest stratum of Rabbinic Judaism—the literature of the Tannaim. These pedagogical gems are presented in their original Hebrew language with a fresh English translation. The authors’ notes consider the historical, social and religious aspects of the individual entries, and when relevant their possible contribution to our understanding of the parables of Jesus.”

200 posts in and going forward.


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