Aramaic Annotations: Pt.

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Aramaic Alphabet: In my first dozen posts or so of “Aramaic Annotations”, my goal is mainly to supply Aramaic paradigms. My personal goal and hope for myself is that if I focus on at least 1 paradigm a day, when my first semester of Aramaic soon begins, I’ll be familiar with at least some of the material. So, in terms of Aramaic, look for “A Paradigm A Day” for the next several weeks (that’s the goal anyway). The first paradigm I am going to provide is really not a paradigm per se but rather, it is the alphabet. Even so, let’s call it the “alphabet paradigm” (if for nothing else than to get started with the series).

’ b g d h w z h . t .

’aleph

Aramaic Alphabet Table a y q y q
yodh

qoph

b
beth gimmel

k l m n s ‘ p s .

final

kaph

k

% ~ *( ! *(

r ´ s s t

r
resh

g

lamed

l n

f t

sin

daleth

d
he

mem

m s

v
shin tav Tips: 1) Remember the table dimensions 3x9 (the last 4 cells of the 3rd column are blocked in) as this will help commit to filling it in. There are 23 consonants and 5 have “final” letters. 2) Notice that all 5 “final” letters are in the middle or 2nd column. 3) Note that “ ’aleph” & “ ‘ayin” are pretty much just breathing marks w/no sound

h
waw

nun

w z

samek

zayin

‘ayin

[ c

het

x j
tet

peh

p

tsade

@ *( # *(

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