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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2008-2009 (archived)

Module THEO3031: ARAMAIC

Department: Theology and Religion


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2008/09 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Syriac (THEO2061) or equivalent.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To impart a detailed knowledge of Aramaic grammar and syntax, enabling study of texts in this language.
  • To build on prior knowledge of Syriac (a form of Aramaic), acquired in THEO2061 or through equivalent study.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge ancilliary to other modules which they have taken or are taking.


  • Course book for this module is: F. Rosenthal, A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic (Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden, 1968).
  • Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of Aramaic grammar and syntax using this book: they will then turn to translation of the following texts: Ezra 4:7-6:18,7:12-26, Cowley, 'Aramaic Papyri' Nos.21, 30, 31, 32, 33, 'Targum' Onqelos of Genesis 1-2 or Targums of Exodus 15.
  • Detailed bibliographies and some textual notes will be made available.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • a basic knowledge of Aramaic grammar and syntax.
  • a systematic knowledge of the content and context of the set texts.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • The ability to translate and comprehend Aramaic texts.
Key Skills:
  • Generic language skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures convey information and exemplify an approach to the subject-matter, enabling students to develop a clear understanding of the subject and to improve their skills in listening and in evaluating information. In this module, the lectures are oriented to language acquisition.
  • Seminars enhance subject-specific knowledge and understanding both through preparation and through interaction with students and staff.
  • Through small-group discussion, tutorials provide feedback on student work and the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing student knowledge.
  • Examinations assess subject-specific knowledge and understanding, along with student skills in the structured presentation of information in written form under time constraints.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 18 1 hour per week (Term 1) 1 hour 18
Tutorials 3 As required 1 hour 3
Seminars 7 1 hour per week (Term 2) 1 hour 7
Preparation and Reading 172
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
three-hour unseen written examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

Class work in translation and comment

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University