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Literary Texts 2


Admission requirements

A working knowledge of Aramaic or another ancient Semitic language (e.g. Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, Akkadian) would be very advantageous but is not strictly mandatory.


An introduction to the Nabataean Aramaic corpus, originating in the territory of the Nabataean kingdom (present-day Jordan and environs, 4th century BCE – 106 CE). Students will read original texts on topics such as Nabataean religion, economy, relations with neighbouring states and empires, and linguistic interactions with Old Arabic.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have familiarized themselves with the linguistic features of Nabataean Aramaic and its cultural-historical background and acquired general philological skills to study unvocalized Middle Aramaic texts independently.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method

  • Oral participation and preparation of texts to be studied in class (10%)

  • Oral presentation (30%)

  • Paper (60%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.

Exam review
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

To be communicated during class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website


Dr. B.D. Suchard