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Grammar for Gemara and Targum Onkelos

Grammar for Gemara and Targum Onkelos: an Introduction to Aramaic, by Yitzhak Frank, is an exceptionally well done grammar for those wishing to read, learn, and translate the Talmud Babli or Targum Onkelos.

It is the standard for Jewish Babylonian Aramaic grammars, comparable in calibre to the leading Latin and Greek ones.

This reference work addresses the common grammatical pitfalls of the classical Hebraist attempting to translate Aramaic.

The serious attention to detail found in the typesetting and formatting makes it easy-to-understand. The binding and high-quality paper makes this book very durable.

Although it does deal with syntax and important points of grammar, the main thrust of this publication is about detailing important Aramaic-verb paradigms along with their pertinent background information. The verb tables are what sets this book apart.

This is a must-have publication for anyone wanting to read the Talmud or Gemara in Aramaic.

The lack of an e-book version is the only downside. The digital ability to do keyword searches for specific grammatical questions or investigating a verbal form would save a significant amount of time using this work. It is hoped a digital version will be coming soon.

The book can be purchased for under thirty dollars at any of these resellers: Amazon, Feldheim, or Eisenbrauns.