Definition of Syriac in English:

Syriac

Syllabification: Syr·i·ac
Pronunciation: /ˈsi(ə)rēˌak
 
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noun

  • The language of ancient Syria, a western dialect of Aramaic in which many important early Christian texts are preserved, and that is still used by Syrian Christians as a liturgical language.
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    • The translation of the Bible into Latin marks the beginning of a parting of the ways between Western Latin-speaking Christianity and Eastern Christianity, which spoke Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic, and other languages.
    • He also steeped himself in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, and even found time to master Aramaic and Syriac.
    • Aristotle's Rhetoric has been read by some ancient speakers of Greek, Syriac, and Arabic as the completion of his logic in a contingent, probabilistic direction.

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  • Relating to the Syriac language.
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    • In such cases they fulfil the basic requirement of Syriac sentence structure (namely, that the predicate must be conjugated for person) twice: once within the copula, and once within the verb of existence.
    • The later Theophany, extant in Syriac translation, and his last works repeat many of the same apologetic themes.
    • He was well-acquainted with the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the Syriac version of the New Testament, and the post-Biblical Jewish writings.

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