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Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day: 365 Selections for Easy Review
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Keep up your ability to read and understand Biblical Aramaic with this daily guide. Each day’s reading includes a verse in both Aramaic and English, two vocabulary words with translation and definitions, and a breakdown of the Aramaic verse into phrases with a side-by-side translation. Jonathan Kline presents the material in such a clear and simple way that it keeps the reader from being overwhelmed, thus restoring confidence as one progresses. Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day is an invaluable tool that should be in the library of every student of Biblical Aramaic.
|Format: Imitation Leather|
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.25 (inches)|
Series: Keep Up Your Biblical Languages in 2 Minutes a Day
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Jonathan G. Kline (PhD, Harvard University) is the author of Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible and co-author of Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook. He currently serves as an associate editor at Hendrickson Publishers.
"Jonathan Kline has done a real service to students of Biblical Aramaic. This book offers a genuinely manageable way to stop painstakingly learned vocabulary from slipping out of memory. The well-chosen daily selections really do require only a few minutes' study, but the material will stay in the mind for much longer. Anyone who has previously studied Biblical Aramaic will be able to fit this book into even the busiest schedule and profit from it."
–Jennie Grillo, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Duke Divinity School
"What a clear and superb presentation of the grammar of Biblical Aramaic! Indeed, in just two minutes per day, one can continue to read and enjoy and appreciate the original text of the Aramaic portions of Ezra and Daniel. In fact, over the course of the year, at just two minutes per day, one will have completed almost the entire corpus."
–Gary A. Rendsburg, Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History, Rutgers University
"Language learning is a costly investment on many levels. Reading the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic is a skill acquired only through many months of difficult effort, yet after coursework ends, life and work get in the way, and the ability to access Scripture in its original language fades. Now with Jonathan Kline's series, language learners can not only protect and sustain the knowledge they've acquired—they can build new skills. These expertly designed Two Minutes a Day books will help anyone who has taken an introductory Biblical language course revive their reading ability, and the lessons can even function as daily devotional readings in the original language. While working through the short passages in these books, I felt as though I had a wise language teacher by my side. Kline is that teacher, and through these volumes readers will again feel the excitement and joy of connecting with the Bible in the language of its authors."
–Brian R. Doak, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program, George Fox University
"What if you could remember and use the biblical languages you fell in love with while you were learning them in seminary or graduate school? Even better, what if you could do it by spending a tiny amount of your time each day? Most of us would argue that our lives are just too busy for language study, but Dr. Jonathan Kline has come up with the ideal solution. He asks us for just two minutes each day, and surely two extra minutes can fit into anybody's schedule! In addition, we all know that for us to experience long-term comfort with a language, nothing can replace daily use of it, so Dr. Kline has devised his system around committing those two minutes each and every day of the year. We have needed these books for a long time, and I personally will be very happy to have them in my library."
–Jo Ann Hackett, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Most of us who have studied Biblical Aramaic in seminary or graduate school find it difficult to read the Aramaic portions of the Bible with ease or solid comprehension. Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day has been specially designed to help you read a small amount of Biblical Aramaic daily, in a manageable, enriching, and enjoyable way. It does not replace the need for a grammar or textbook; rather, it complements grammatical study by helping you to build a robust vocabulary and to review morphology and syntax in a completely inductive way, and without using any grammatical jargon. The page for each day presents:
- two new vocabulary words (for most of the book), with transliteration and definitions, beginning with the most common words and proceeding to the rarest
- the English text of a verse from Daniel or Ezra, with the day’s two Aramaic words embedded in it, as they appear in the verse
- the Aramaic text of the verse, in full and then divided into phrases or clauses, with the corresponding English phrases or clauses next to them
More than one-third of the words in Biblical Aramaic appear only once in the Bible. When these hapax legomena begin to be presented in Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day (about three-fifths of the way through the book), all that appear in a particular verse (whether this be one hapax legomenon, two, or several) are presented together as the new words for the day. The result is that—although there are 716 unique vocabulary words in Biblical Aramaic—by the time you reach the end of this book you will have seen every single one of these words. And during this process, you will have read most (about 80 percent) of the Aramaic verses found in the Bible!
NathanBeaverton, ORAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Refresher/VocabularyJanuary 31, 2018NathanBeaverton, ORAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Hendrickson Publishers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
While I do not consider myself to be a scholar of the ancient languages of the Bible, as someone who has an interest in biblical Aramaic , this book is definitely of interest to me. It should be noted that this book is not considered as a substitute for the study of the grammar and syntax of the Aramaic language, but is designed to provide the entire corpus of biblical writing in that language for the reader to study and read. Those who are able to devote a great deal of time to their study of this language can be expected to greatly improve their understanding of biblical Aramaic while those who have only a little bit of time to read the book over the course of a year still can gain some from keeping the subject matter in mind, as it is hard to keep up a language that one learns as an adult without periodic refreshing, which this book does very well.
This book can be considered as a devotional that is supercharged to give understanding to the Aramaic text that occurs mostly in Daniel and Ezra in the Bible (as well as one verse in Jeremiah and part of a verse in Genesis). Each day of a normal 365-day year is given a verse that has two (or more) words to study/refresh present. The structure of the book is consistent throughout, with introductory material on top in the header, the verse of interest itself immediately below this, two words (usually) given in the square form along with its transliteration, the meaning in English, and the frequency the word appears in the Bible. The biblical text then appears from the Hebrew Bible appears below followed by a discussion of the verse on a phrase by phrase basis with the word(s) of the day highlighted within the text. Those words which appear more commonly come first and then the book ends with those verses that contain words only used once. Throughout the book shows a consistently high standard of biblical scholarship and the author is intent on encouraging readers to look at the cited verses in context in order to better understand them, even though they are in isolation within the book itself.
Although this book is clearly aimed at a scholarly audience which is at least familiar with Aramaic and which knows the conventions of biblical writing in the Hebrew scriptures (including the use of prefixes and suffixes, reading from right to left within lines, the fact that some letters have a different form if they are the last letter of a word, and so on), for those who are able to read and understand this book there is a great deal of insight that one can gain into the biblical Aramaic of the Hebrew scriptures, including the fact that some words' meanings are not exactly known, which has led the author to note these translations with a question mark afterward. Most surprisingly in this case is the language about the clothing in Daniel 3:21 or several terms in Daniel 6:19, and the fact that the author is willing to admit ignorance of the precise meaning even if the sense of it is clear enough is itself something that is worth appreciating and respecting. A book that shows conspicuous signs of knowledge but also an awareness of the limits of that knowledge is certainly something to view with a great deal of respect.
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John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding!!November 27, 2017John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The most important practice for maintaining and increasing ones understanding of the biblical languages is daily engagement with the language itself. Thats right. Its as easy as daily use of the language. Still, for most students of the biblical languages (past or present), there are two common hurdles to overcometime and direction. It is for this reason, that I can think of no resource more essential to students of the biblical languages than The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series compiled and edited by Jonathan G. Kline.
The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series has been specially designed to help readers build upon a previous study of the biblical languages by facilitating daily engagement in an easy, manageable, and spiritually enriching way (p. vii). The series is comprised of five handsomely produced, durable imitation leather volumes: Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 & 2 (forthcoming), Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day, and Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 & 2 (forthcoming).
The organizational structure of each volume in the series is identical. Each volume contains 365 sections for review in a single-page devotional style format. To encourage the readers to spend regular time with the biblical languages, each page includes a day number (from 1 to 365), a date (from January 1 to December 31), and a week number (from Week 1 to Week 52). The format of the content for each entry includes an English translation of the passage (NRSV, ESV, NASB, NIV, CSB, and MLB) with vocabulary words bolded for contextual recognition, new vocabulary words with both transliterations and definitions, a biblical language presentation of the passage, and a side-by-side breakdown of the passage with both biblical language and translation.
Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 was created with consideration of the main frequency list of vocabulary found in The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew by Miles V. Van Pelt and Gary D. Pratico. Kline has taken the 365 most frequently occurring words in the Hebrew Bible and curated a list of passages for readers to engage each day. Thus, not only are readers engaging biblical Hebrew, but theyre effectively learning vocabulary that will afford them greater efficiency when using Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Readers Edition. For ease of reading, Kline has removed the Masoretic accents and Ketiv forms, including only the Qere forms. Lastly, it should be mentioned that the Hebrew text referenced in this volume is taken from the Michigan-Claremont-Westminster Electronic Hebrew Bible, which is a public domain text that is based on the BHS and compared with the Leningrad Codex.
Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day offers readers, in order of descending frequency, every word in biblical Aramaic. The volume is shaped in conjunction with the lexical forms, glosses, and frequencies of the incredibly useful Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook by Donald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael Avrahami, and Jonathan G. Kline. Students of biblical Aramaic would do well to purchase this volume if they havent already. The Aramaic text used is likewise from the Michigan-Claremont-Westminster Electronic Hebrew Bible, and, for ease of reading, Kline has likewise removed the Masoretic accents and Ketiv forms. The approach that Kline took concerning the descending nature of the volume is especially helpful considering the number of hapax Legomenon present in the Aramaic passages of the Hebrew Bible (more than one-third of words in biblical Aramaic).
Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 was created with consideration of the main frequency list of vocabulary found in Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament by Warren C. Trenchard. Kline has taken the 365 most frequently occurring words in the Greek New Testamentall words that occur 42 times or more, plus about half of this that occurs 41 timesand curated a list of passages for readers to engage each day. Mastery of these 365 words will not only allow readers to engage biblical Greek with more proficiency but afford them knowledge of nearly every lexical form assumed by The Greek New Testament: A Readers Edition. The glosses are abridged entries of Hendricksons Compact Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Mark House, with occasional contextual modifications from Kline. The Greek text quoted in this volume is The Greek New Testament prepared by B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, which is a critical edition of the Greek New Testament published in 1881.
There is much to be praised about this series and the two forthcoming volumes. Ive already voiced the necessity of these volumes for readers looking to remain in contact with a study of the biblical languages. There is absolutely nothing like them on the market and Kline is to be commended in the highest regard for his work here. The format is both easy-to-use and inviting. Thus, not only has Kline created a space for readers to enter their needed engagement with the biblical languages, but he has made it both exciting and immediately rewarding. Additionally, these volumes are the quality construction that many have come to expect from Hendrickson Publishers. The cover is a supple imitation leather over board, which provides both the functionality and durability that will withstand daily use for years to come. The paper is also thick and opaque, and the text is easy to read. Lastly, the inclusion of two ribbon bookmarkers per volume compliments the overall approach of the series and offers added usefulness that readers are certain to appreciate.
The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series compiled and edited by Jonathan G. Kline is certain to become a new classroom standard for both teachers and students looking for quick and easy ways to remain engaged with the biblical languages. If you are a past or present student of Hebrew, Aramaic, and/or Greek, then the volumes in this series should be a no-brainer purchase. They wont replace grammars nor the necessity of such for learning the biblical languages, but they will most certainly transform how you engage them. I couldnt recommend this series more strongly!