Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jastrow - Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature

Marcus Jastrow (1829-1903) was a rabbi in Philadelphia. Despite the fact that there have been new discoveries in linguistics since his time, and that he was a Reform rabbi, his work is still widely used, even in Orthodox circles.

One of his main points is that many Aramaic words have Semitic origins, and are not borrowed from Greek (as others claim).

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