Aramaic: A History of the First World Language
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Aramaic: A History of the First World Language  -     By: Holger Gzella

Aramaic: A History of the First World Language

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2021 / Hardcover

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In this volume—the first complete history of Aramaic from its origins to the present day—Holger Gzella provides an accessible overview of the language perhaps most well known for being spoken by Jesus of Nazareth. Gzella, one of the world’s foremost Aramaicists, begins with the earliest evidence of Aramaic in inscriptions from the beginning of the first millennium BCE, then traces its emergence as the first world language when it became the administrative tongue of the great ancient Near Eastern empires. He also pays due diligence to the sacred role of Aramaic within Judaism, its place in the Islamic world, and its contact with other regional languages, before concluding with a glimpse into modern uses of Aramaic. 

Although Aramaic never had a unified political or cultural context in which to gain traction, it nevertheless flourished in the Middle East for an extensive period, allowing for widespread cultural exchange between diverse groups of people. In tracing the historical thread of the Aramaic language, readers can also gain a stronger understanding of the rise and fall of civilizations, religions, and cultures in that region over the course of three millennia.

 Aramaic: A History of the First World Language is visually supplemented by maps, charts, and other images for an immersive reading experience, providing scholars and casual readers alike with an engaging overview of one of the most consequential world languages in history.

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Title: Aramaic: A History of the First World Language
By: Holger Gzella
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 380
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 5 ounces
ISBN: 0802877486
ISBN-13: 9780802877482
Stock No: WW877482

Author Bio

Holger Gzella is professor of Old Testament at the University of Munich, Germany. He previously served as professor of Hebrew and Aramaic at Leiden University. He holds an MA in Literae Humaniores (Latin, Greek, Philosophy, and Ancient History) from Oxford University (1997), a PhD in Hebrew Bible from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2001), a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (2002), and a Habilitation in Semitic Philology from the University of Heidelberg (2004).

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