A Cultural History of Aramaic: From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Volume 111)

A Cultural History of Aramaic: From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Volume 111)

Holger Gzella


Aramaic is a continuing thread working in the course of the a number of civilizations of the close to East, historic and glossy, from a thousand BCE to the current, and has been the language of small principalities, international empires, and a good percentage of the Jewish-Christian culture. Holger Gzella describes its cultural and linguistic background as a continuing evolution from its beginnings to the appearance of Islam. For the 1st time the person stages of the language, their socio-historical underpinnings, and the textual resources are mentioned comprehensively in gentle of the newest linguistic and ancient examine and with plentiful recognition to scribal traditions, multilingualism, and language as a marker of cultural self-awareness. Many new observations on Aramaic are thereby built-in right into a coherent ancient framework.

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