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Syriac Language and Literature

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Syriac Language and Literature

Syriac is the important branch of the group of Semitic languages known as Aramaic. In the time of Alexander the Great, Aramaic was the official language of all the nations from Asia Minor to Persia , from Armenia to Arabian Peninsula. It was divided into two dialects: the western, used in Palestine and Syria by the Jews , Palmyrans, and Nabateans; the eastern, spoken in Babylonia by the Jews , Mandeans , Manichaeans , and the people of Upper Mesopotamia. The Syriac language, as we know it from its literature, did not spring from the dialect spoken in Syria , but from the eastern...

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