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A Reader in Syriac Based on the Entertaining Stories of Gregory Bar ʿEbrāyā

Thirty short reading selections from the Book of Entertaining Stories of Gregory Bar ʿEbrāyā, with an analysis of the grammar and vocabulary of the texts.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4489-7
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Mar 28,2023
Interior Color: Black with Color Inserts
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 227
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4489-7
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The purpose of this modest volume is to aid beginning students of Syriac in acquiring facility in reading the language. It contains thirty stories taken from the Book of Entertaining Stories of Gregory Bar ʿEbrāyā (1226–1286 AD). Each story includes an analysis of its grammar and vocabulary. There is also a discussion of cognates to the Syriac vocabulary in Arabic and Hebrew.

The purpose of this modest volume is to aid beginning students of Syriac in acquiring facility in reading the language. It contains thirty stories taken from the Book of Entertaining Stories of Gregory Bar ʿEbrāyā (1226–1286 AD). Each story includes an analysis of its grammar and vocabulary. There is also a discussion of cognates to the Syriac vocabulary in Arabic and Hebrew.

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Like sitting in class with Prof. Hayes
I am teaching myself Syriac. After reading through an introductory grammar, this book is the perfect next step. Like any reader, it presents selected texts in ascending difficulty. But Prof. Hayes's discussion of each text goes above and beyond. He discusses related words, orthographic quirks, idiomatic collocations, and potential troublesome spots. Years of experience are evident in the notes. And the text is written in a very approachable manner. You really get the sense that you are sitting in class with Prof. Hayes and discussing each text together. This book is enjoyable and immensely rewarding.
Benjamin | 4/26/2024 4:31 PM
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ContributorBiography

Dr JohnHayes

Dr. John Hayes recently retired from the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California Berkeley. His interests include the linguistic history of the ancient and modern Middle East; the comparative history of the Semitic languages; Maltese; and Sumerian. His Manual of Sumerian Grammar and Texts is now in its third edition. He is also on the advisory board of Romance Philology.

Introduction (1)

Text 1: Wisdom from the mouth of Socrates (7)
Text 2: The Persian ruler Khusraw bad-mouths the Kurds (17)
Text 3: A lunatic body-shames a noble (23)
Text 4: Men make all the rules (31)
Text 5: A good day for a thief (39)
Review Lesson One (43)
   Roots (43)
   States (44)

Text 6: Another thief (47)
Text 7: Words of wisdom from a teacher (49)
Text 8: A philosopher makes a profound statement (55)
Text 9: Never boast about killing a prophet (59)
Text 10: Another philosopher makes a sexist comment (69)
Review Lesson Two (73)
   Conjugations (73)
   Quadriradicals (74)

Text 11: Frying up some dung (77)
Text 12: A goat taunts a wolf (81)
Text 13: No more teachers, no more books (85)
Text 14: Saint Ammon rejects marriage (89)
Text 15: A Byzantine king threatens an Arab king (97)
Review Lesson Three (103)
   Participles with enclitic pronouns (103)

Text 16: Be careful what you advise the king (107)
Text 17: How many lunatics are there in Emesa? (117)
Text 18: Can a child be born to a 70-year-old man? (121)
Text 19: The King of Farters gives a boast (123)
Text 20: Don’t make fun of a woman with disheveled hair (127)
Review Lesson Four (133)
   Nominal sentences (133)

Text 21: Be careful who you throw stones at (135)
Text 22: A traveler narrates a coincidence (139)
Text 23: A royal councilor interprets a dream wisely (151)
Text 24: Short people have rights, too (157)
Text 25: Weavers have a bad press (161)
Review Lesson Five (167)
   Verbs with object pronouns (167)

Text 26: An Abbess struggles against fornication (171)
Text 27: A merchant travels to China (175)
Text 28: When your number is up, your number is up (187)
Text 29: Listen carefully to your doctor (191)
Text 30: Watch out for ravens! (195)

Translations of texts (199)
Vocabulary index (205)
Concordance of texts (219)

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