""This Syriac grammar was undertaken six years ago at the suggestion of Professor W. R. Harper, PhD. It is designed to do in a measure for the Syriac language that which Professor Harper's text-books have done for the Hebrew. In the orthography and etymology the author has sought to draw his illustrative examples, as far as possible, from the chrestomathy published in his Manual of Syriac."" -- From the Preface Robert Dick Wilson (1856-1930) was Professor of Semitic Languages and Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1900 to 1929. His writings reflect his firm belief that the whole Bible is the Word of God and therefore entirely trustworthy.