Basics of Classical Syriac Video Lectures provides 23 easy-to-follow lessons on 3 DVDs, introducing one of the most important transitional languages of the New Testament. A working knowledge of Syriac provides a lens through which to study early translations of the Greek New Testament, the Peshitta (the Syriac translation of the full Bible), and early church history texts and commentaries. Basics of Classical Syriac Video Lectures, together with the accompanying grammar and workbook Basics of Classical Syriac, is thus useful for students across a range of disciplines including New Testament studies, Old Testament studies, and church history.

Designed with the student in mind, each lecture is approximately 30 minutes in length. Useful for traditional students, students in distance and online courses, and independent learners alike, these lectures provide a full introduction to classical Syriac.

Session Titles and Runtimes:

1 - Introduction (11 min)

2 - Alphabet (19 min)

3 - Vowels (24 min)

4 - Nouns and Adjectives (23 min)

5 - Nominal Prefixes (17 min)

6 - Pronouns (27 min)

7 - Pronominal Suffixes (19 min)

8 - Introduction to Syriac Verbs (27 min)

9 - Peal Perfect and Hwa (32 min)

10 - Peal Participle (27 min)

11 - Peal Imperfect (25 min)

12 - Peal Imperative and Infinitive (17 min)

13 - Ethpeel (24 min)

14 - Pael (23 min)

15 - Ethpaal (22 min)

16 - Aphel (21 min)

17 - Ettaphal (17 min)

18 - I-alap Verbs (29 min)

19 - III-Weak Verbs (14 min)

20 - I-yud Verbs (14 min)

21 - I-nun Verbs (13 min)

22 - Geminate Verbs (18 min)

23 - Hollow Verbs (12 min)

24 - II-alap Verbs (8 min)


About the Author

Steven C. Hallam (PhD, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor and Chair of the General Studies department at Alaska Christian College in Soldotna, AK.  He has taught Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac at the graduate level, and is a recipient of the Zondervan award in Biblical Greek.

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