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Gleanings from the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon II: Notes on the State of Modern Syriac Lexicography

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This chapter focuses on the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project. The author has found Jessie Payne-Smith Margoliouth's A Compendious Syriac Dictionary much more useful than the standard second edition of Carl Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum because a) the definitions are in a much more logical order, b) there are many more useful nuances and English words suggested, c) it is in English. Michael Sokoloff has produced a marvelous contribution to Syriac scholarship by translating Brockelmann's work into English. His most important contribution, surely, is that he has checked and corrected where necessary every reference cited by Brockelmann, wherever possible, and in many cases actually cites the text snippet in question. But for all the new benefits of this update, it remains an update and not a new lexicon of Syriac. As such it shares in most of the flaws of its Latin original.

Keywords:Brockelmann; Compendious Syriac Dictionary; Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project; Payne-Smith; Syriac lexicography



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