Basics of Classical Syriac

Basics of Classical Syriac

Taught by Steven C. Hallam

The Basics of Classical Syriac course, taught by Steven C. Hallam, offers a full introduction to the fundamentals of classical Syriac.

Course Details

  • Self-paced

  • 10 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • Basics of Classical Syriac

Course Description

Of the early translational languages of the New Testament, none is more important than Syriac. A working knowledge of Syriac provides a lens from which to study early translations of the Greek New Testament, the Peshitta (the Syriac translation of the full Bible), and various early church history texts and commentaries.

The Basics of Classical Syriac course is thus useful for students across a range of disciplines. It includes video lectures, instruction on vocabulary and grammar, learning exercises, and assessments, providing an ideal first step into this ancient language. With its focus on getting into text translation as quickly as possible, the course is useful for formal students and independent learners alike.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • familiarity with the basic grammar and verb forms of classical Syriac
  • an introductory grasp of classical Syriac vocabulary
  • experience in using the grammar and vocabulary learned in actual translation
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and personalized review sessions that include award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

Steven C. Hallam

PhD, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Steven C. Hallam 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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