The Verbal System of Biblical Aramaic: A Distributional Approach
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Biblical and Theological Studies
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Grammarians have been unable to provide a sufficient explanation for the verbal system of Biblical Aramaic by means of the standard categories of tense and aspect. Michael B. Shepherd exposes this situation and suggests a way out of the present impasse through distributional analysis by proposing that Biblical Aramaic has a primary verbal form for narration and a primary verbal form for discourse. This simple yet comprehensive proposal holds true not only for Biblical Aramaic but also for extra-Biblical Aramaic texts. This volume is an indispensable resource for courses in Biblical Aramaic and for anyone who wishes to read and understand the Biblical Aramaic corpus.
Biblical studies, Aramaic
New York, NY
About the Author
Dr. Michael Shepherd taught at Louisiana College for nine years prior to joining the faculty of Cedarville University in 2015. His topics of expertise are biblical Hebrew/Aramaic language and exegesis.
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Shepherd, Michael B., "The Verbal System of Biblical Aramaic: A Distributional Approach" (2008). Faculty Books. 171.