By J. Payne Smith, Jessie Payne Smith
During this significant reference instrument, Jessie Payne Smith has abridged the nice two-volume paintings, 'Thesaurus Syriacus,' through her past due father. yet her activity used to be to not easily edit down the sooner, gigantic tomes. She additionally supplied English translations for every access and extra notations. Her father's dictionary had translated every one Syriac be aware into Latin. The Latin translations made it extra the world over available; yet with the decline of using Latin, it diminished in usefulness. Her labors have insured that it keeps to learn students and scholars of Syriac.
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A Compendious Syriac Dictionary by J. Payne Smith, Jessie Payne Smith