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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50

XI. School of Hebrew Language and Semitic Literature

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XI. School of Hebrew Language and Semitic Literature

This department is concerned with the study of the Hebrew Language and erature, as a means of exploring the origin, and tracing the development of main civilization, of the sciences of government, law and ethics. The Hebrew, as taining the oldest remains of a literature which is the heritage of humanity chiefly considered. The course is arranged as follows:

First Semester.—Hebrew Grammar, including translations from English Hebrew, and Hebrew into English, both oral and written; Histories of Chaldea. Babylonia, and of the Medo-Persian Empire. Text-books: Elementary Grammar, and Rawlinson's Ancient History.

Second Semester.—Reading and Analysis of the Hebrew language, including selections from Genesis, Joshua, Chronicles, the Psalms, Isaiah and Ezekieh Hebrew accent and prosody; the growth, limit, style and purpose of Hebrey creature. Text-books: Green's Larger Grammar, or Deutsch's, and Ges Lexicon.

Attention will be given to the later complex development of the He language, as exemplified in the Talmuds, the Targums, Maimonides, and Rabbinical texts.

Other Semitic tongues belonging to this Department, in which instruction be had, are the following:
1.The Syriac language. The course will include the study of Uhlemas Grammatik und Chrestomathie, the Peshito Version of the New Testament, the Chronicles of Bar Hebraeus.
2.The Arabic language, in ancient and modern materials. Text-book Caspari's Grammatica Arabica, Catafago's or Lane's Lexicon, White's Read Lessons, Selections from the Koran, and and Khaldun.
3.The Chaldee, the Samaritan and the æthiopie languages will each attention; the Chaldee, by reason of its likeness to the Syriac, and its oceurrear detached passages of the Hebrew Bible; the Samaritan, by reason of its version the Pentateuch, and the æthiopic (with the Ambaric) on account both of it Testament version and its peculiar relations to the other members of the Senior family.

Candidates for admission to this Department must pass a satisfactory emanation in English Grammar.


The following is the report of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic [unclear: Lecture] in the University of Missouri for the scholastic year 1882-3.

The number of students who entered into the work of this department [unclear: during] the time of its labors is eighteen, all of whom made reasonable progress and [unclear: pass] successfully the final examinations.