New Developments in Christian Palestinian Aramaic

Since the publication of the speaker's Dictionary of Christian Palestinian Aramaic in 2014, there has been continued progress in the publication of new texts from the Old Period, some of which have now added new vocabulary to this First Millennium Aramaic dialect. The sources of the new texts come from: (1) new inscriptions on hard material, such as metals and mosaics; (2) republication of texts from St. Catherine’s Monastery on the basis of new photographic techniques; (3) discovery of new palimpsests originating with lower writing in CPA from the Cairo Geniza. The talk will survey the new finds and will deal with the new vocabulary items which have been found in them.

Michael Sokoloff