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Thesaurus Syriacus and Supplement (2 vols.)

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Robert Payne Smith’s Thesaurus Syriacus, along with the Supplement to the Thesaurus Syriacus compiled by Jessica Payne Margliouth, together represents the authoritative reference for the vocabulary and lexicography for Ancient Syriac. Essential for studying the Peshitta, the Syriac version of the New Testament, as well as other writings of the era, Thesaurus Syriacus and its companion volume are worthwhile additions to a scholar’s library.

Both Robert Payne Smith and his daughter Jessica Payne Margliouth sought to make the earliest translations of Scripture, and especially the Syriac Peshitta, more accessible for study by both students and scholars.

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  • Includes extensive references to the Syriac versions of biblical texts
  • Clearly lays out patterns of usage for individual words and their particular senses
  • Provides extensive citation and occasional discussions of relevant secondary literature
  • Title: Thesaurus Syriacus and Supplement (2 vols.)
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 1,277
  • Resource Type: Lexicon
  • Topic: Syriac
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Thesaurus Syriacus

  • Editor: Robert Payne Smith
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1879
  • Pages: 942

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Robert Payne Smith’s Thesaurus Syriacus represents a lifetime of research and continues, to this day, as the authoritative piece of lexicographical study of the Syriac language. Definitions, translation glosses, and references are all provided in Latin which can make the dictionary difficult to use for the English-only speaker. Nevertheless, the copious notes and comprehensive references to word usage make this lexicon invaluable for serious study of the Syriac.

Supplement to the Thesaurus Syriacus

  • Author: J. P. Margoliouth
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1927
  • Pages: 345

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Jessica Payne Margliouth, Robert Payne Smith’s daughter, continued her father research of the Syriac lexicography. Build from her father’s notes, in addition to her own studies, the Supplement to the Thesaurus Syriacus extends the usefulness of the dictionary with more vocabulary and references. Unlike her father’s full dictionary, this supplement is non-Syriac material is entirely in English.

Robert Payne Smith was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church from 1865 until 1870, when he was appointed Dean of Canterbury by Queen Victoria on the advice of William Ewart Gladstone.

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  1. Kit Kirja Rand
  2. Patrick J. Madden
    The product descriptions are accurate. I have ordered a pre-publication copy. My five-star rating reflects the "hard copy," which I have used on occasion. Why would anyone who does not read Latin want to buy this product, especially when the English Payne-Smith Compendious Syriac Dictionary is already available through Logos? My answer: The Latin edition contains many more words than the English edition of Payne-Smith. Many of these additional words are PROPER NOUNS, names of people and places. Often these are similar enough in Latin, that they are not a problem for the English-only reader. Many other words not included in the English edition are transliterated from Greek, or closely related to Greek. Those who read Greek will probably be able to follow the "gist" of the Latin article on the word. My concern for the Logos version is how accurate the transcription is going to be. If the same process is followed which produced the English Compendious Syriac Dictionary, the result will be more "typos" than I would care to count. Of course, "hard copy" and pdf copies are available. The main value of the Logos product will be twofold: 1) the extremely reasonable price; 2) the ability to connect immediately to the lexicon from within Logos -- this will make it exceptionally convenient to use. The less convenient formats could then serve as "backup" for those doing serious study -- a way to check when something looks "fishy." And typos can always be reported -- and users who would report such typos would be contributing to the advance of scholarship.
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