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Ethiopic Grammar, 2nd ed., Enlarged and Improved


Read important ancient versions of Scripture and the writings of the Oriental church fathers in their original language with this classic Ethiopic grammar. Written by acclaimed Semitics scholar, August Dillmann, this grammar gives you access to primary source documents like the Patrologia Orientalis and The Ethiopic Econium which contain Ethiopic versions of Scripture and works from important writers such as Athanasius and Severus. Dig deeper into the Bible’s textual transmission and the ancient writings of the church with this helpful volume.

In the Logos editions, these valuable volumes are enhanced with amazing functionality. Scripture and ancient-text citations link directly to English translations and original-language texts, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches with the Topic Guide to gather relevant biblical texts and resources together with a click, enabling you to jump into the conversation on comparative Semitics, textual criticism, and the Oriental church. Tablet and mobile apps let you study on the go. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Expanded and improved edition
  • English translation of Dillman’s classic grammar
  • Introduction: General Remarks on the Ethiopic Language
  • Part First: Orthography and Phonology
    • Orthography
    • Phonology
    • The Word and the Tone of the Word
  • Part Second: Morphology
    • Roots: Their Classes and Their Forms
    • Formation of Words
  • Part Third: Syntax
    • Leading Word-Groups of the Sentence
    • Structure of the Simple Sentence
    • Special Kinds of Sentences
  • Tables
[Dillman’s] grammar has been evaluated as a fundamental work . . . No grammar of Ethiopic could replace it up to now. There is no Semitist, no scholar interested in Hamito-Semitic linguistics who wouldn’t praise that book. It is the largest Ethiopic Grammar both in German (original-language version) as in English (translation of Crichton). It is a must for a person seriously interested in Ethiopic . . .

—Przemyslaw Waclaw Turek, assistant professor and researcher, the Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University

  • Title: Ethiopic Grammar
  • Authors: Christian Friedrich August Dillmann and Carl Bezold
  • Translator: James A. Crichton
  • Edition: 2nd ed. Enlarged and Improved
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 581

Christian Friedrich August Dillmann (1823–1894) was a German orientalist and biblical scholar. He was professor extraordinarius at Tübingen (1853), professor of philosophy at the University of Kiel (1854), and professor of theology in Giessen (1864) and Berlin (1869). He studied at the University of Tübingen under Ferdinand Christian Baur, though he did not join the new Tübingen School. He pastored for a short time in Gersheim, Germany before wholly immersing himself in academic study. Dillman scoured the libraries of Paris, London, and Oxford for Ethiopic manuscripts from which he published a body of work that revived Ethiopic studies in the 19th century.

In addition to his Ethiopic grammar and lexicons, he also published an Ethiopic edition of the first eight books of the Bible and Ethiopic editions of several pseudepigraphal texts. He also became a noted Old Testament exegete and theologian, authoring praised commentaries on Genesis, giving acclaimed lectures, and contributing to other significant works.

About Carl Bezold

Carl Bezold (1859–1922) was a German assyriologist and professor of oriental philology at the University of Heidelberg. He edited the eclectic critical edition of the 14th-century Ethiopic (Ge’ez) epic Kerba Nagast, “The Glory of the Kings,” which traces the origin of the Solomonic line in the emperors of Ethiopia. In 1901, he received the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of Glasgow.


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