[b-hebrew] FYI: Aramaic study

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Dec 28 02:55:29 EST 2010


I think you forgot to believe in another pertinent historical fact,
namely, that while opening the scroll the leader of the synagogue cleared
his throat and scratched his ear.

Isaac Fried, Boston University


Said Fred:
> And I am having a little difficulty believing that was the scenario at
> this synagogue's services circa 10 a.d.
> a. the leader of the synagogue opens the scroll of isaiah in biblical
>    hebrew language and reads from it to the congregation.
> b. the congregation has no clue what he is reading or saying.
> c. the leader of the synagogue then opens a targum of isaiah and reads in
>    aramaic the same passage.
> d. the congregation understands "c."



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