Monday, February 8, 2010

The Online Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

The CAL is a text base of the Aramaic texts in all dialects from the earliest (9th Century BCE) through the 13th Century CE, currently with a database of approximately 2.5 million lexically parsed words, and an associated set of electronic tools for analyzing and manipulating the data, whose ultimate goal is the creation of a complete lexicon of the language. IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, not a completed dictionary. Accordingly, any citations for scholarly purposes should include the date when the data was found.

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon, if published, really will be a huge boost for Aramaic studies. It is available electronically at the CAL web site and has been partially incorporated into some Aramaic/Biblical software such as BibleWorks, but so far it has not been published. This is good news for Aramaic fans.

  2. Can I assume from your comment that by "published" you mean on paper? Do you think that would make them more useful that the form they're in now?