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TagsJudaism (59), Israel (51), early Christianity (38), Eastern Orthodox (35), Bible (34), Christianity (33), archaeology (28), Palestine (25), Middle East (23), dictionaries (22) — see all tags

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About meI'm originally from Bristol, England, but now live in Galilee, Israel. My interests are wide, including archaeology, religions - especially Christianity and Judaism; early Christianity; Eastern Orthodox church and Arab Christians; the Middle East; ancient cultures; languages (including English, Hebrew, Greek, now learning Arabic....). I've also lived in Cyprus and West Africa; and have done research on Ethiopian Jewish liturgy and manuscripts (but haven't been to Ethiopia).

About my libraryMy library is very eclectic, built up over many years, and follows my past and present interests and my complex life-journey. Includes English history, local history and folklore - especially the West Country where I originate from; Middle Eastern history and languages; Christianity and Judaism; African studies, Ethiopian languages (Ge'ez and Amharic); archaeology; genealogy, family history and deep ancestry; prayer, liturgy, spirituality; miscellaneous other stuff...


Real nameMargaret

LocationGalilee, Israel

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Member sinceJul 15, 2008

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Dear Margaret,

Thank you for your message. There are some Peshitta versions on-line, but I think they're mostly New Testament. The United Bible Societies publish a full version as authorized by the Syriac Orthodox Church. I don't like Thackston's grammar that much. It is not easy for new learners to start with unvocalised text, but, if you're used to reading unpointed Hebrew, you may be more able to cope. I still prefer Theodore Robinson's teaching grammar, and quite like John Healey's too. Many syriacists wish they had the time to write a new teaching grammar that covered everything they wanted. Beyond that first grammar though, I'd definitely recommend Nöldeke's Compendious Syriac Grammar. Best of luck with the studies.

Thanks for your comment. Our church is an OCA parish whose members are a mix of ethnic backgrounds, some cradle Orthodox, some converts, and this diversity is reflected in the donations I get for the church library!
Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries list. It makes me wonder how someone from Bristol ended up in Galilee.
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