Basics of Biblical Aramaic


Course Description

There are 269 verses in the Old Testament written in Aramaic rather than Hebrew, most found in the books of Daniel and Ezra. Basics of Biblical Aramaic follows the same easy-to-understand style in the widely-used Basics of Biblical Hebrew textbook and course, and includes everything needed to learn biblical Aramaic.


This course is designed for students who already have a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew. Alongside lessons and reviews, Basics of Biblical Aramaic includes a complete lexicon of biblical Aramaic and a complete annotated text of all 269 Bible verses written in Aramaic.

By completing this course, you'll gain:

  • an introduction to the Aramaic alphabet and the basic building blocks of biblical Aramaic
  • foundational knowledge of Aramaic nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech
  • facility with Aramaic verb forms
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and cutting-edge review tools

Course Instructor

Miles Van Pelt

Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Miles Van Pelt is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Director of Summer Institute for Biblical Languages, and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

Course Outline

1.   Alphabet, Vowels, and Syllabification

2.  Nouns: Absolute State, Determined State, and Construct
     State

3.  Conjunctions and Prepositions

4.  Pronominal Suffixes

5.  Pronouns

6.  Adjectives and Numbers

7.   Adverbs and Particles

8.  Introduction to Aramaic Verbs, Peal Perfect

9.  MIDTERM EXAM


10.  Peal Imperfect

11.  Peal Imperative and Peal Infinitive Construct

12.  Peal Participle

13.  The Peil, Hithpeel, and Ithpeel Stems

14.  The Pael Stem

15.  The Hithpaal and Ithpall Stems

16.  The Haphel Stem

17.   The Aphel, Shaphel, and Hophal Stems

18.  FINAL EXAM

Course Textbook

This Course is based on the book Basics of Biblical Aramaic: Complete Grammar, Lexicon, and Annotated Text by Miles Van Pelt. While taking this course, you will have online access to most of this book's contents. However, if you want off line access or want this book in your personal library as a long-term reference, you may purchase it by clicking on the button to the right which will link you to amazon.ca. 


Clearwater College is a participant in the Amazon.com.ca, Inc. Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.ca. When you purchase from amazon.ca by linking through our website, Clearwater College receives a referral fee not only for this book, but also for any other purchases during your session on Amazon after linking through our site.

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Course Details

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1

by Gary D. Pratico and Miles Van Pelt


16 Units, Self-paced

7 Hours of Video

12 Months of Access to All Online Course Content

3 Credits toward a Certificate, Diploma or Degree

Support by a Clearwater College Professor


Cost: $510 CAN

Basics of Classical Syriac


Course Description

Of the early translational languages of the New Testament, none is more important than Syriac. A working knowledge of Syriac provides a lens from which to study early translations of the Greek New Testament, the Peshitta (the Syriac translation of the full Bible), and various early church history texts and commentaries.


The Basics of Classical Syriac course is thus useful for students across a range of disciplines. It includes video lectures, instruction on vocabulary and grammar, learning exercises, and assessments, providing an ideal first step into this ancient language. With its focus on getting into text translation as quickly as possible, the course is useful for formal students and independent learners alike.

By completing this course, you'll gain:

  • familiarity with the basic grammar and verb forms of classical Syriac
  • an introductory grasp of classical Syriac vocabulary
  • experience in using the grammar and vocabulary learned in actual translation
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and personalized review sessions that include award-winning memory building tools

Course Instructor

Steven C. Hallam

Ph.D., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary


Steven C. Hallam is Assistant Professor and Chair of the General Studies department at Alaska Christian College in Soldotna, AK. He has taught Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac at the graduate level, and is a recipient of the Zondervan award in Biblical Greek.

Course Outline

Coming soon!



Course Textbook

This Course is based on the book Basics of Classical Syriac by Steven C. Hallam. While taking this course, you will have online access to most of this book's contents. However, if you want off line access or want this book in your personal library as a long-term reference, you may purchase it by clicking on the button to the right which will link you to amazon.ca. 


Clearwater College is a participant in the Amazon.com.ca, Inc. Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.ca. When you purchase from amazon.ca by linking through our website, Clearwater College receives a referral fee not only for this book, but also for any other purchases during your session on Amazon after linking through our site.

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Course Details

Basics of Classical Syriac

by Steven C. Hallam


Units, Self-paced

10 Hours of Video

12 Months of Access to All Online Course Content

3 Credits toward a Certificate, Diploma or Degree

Support by a Clearwater College Professor


Cost: $510 CAN

Basics of Ancient Ugaritic


Course Description

Basics of Ancient Ugaritic, taught by Michael Williams, is an introductory course on this language spoken at the time of Abraham and occurring in ancient texts in cuneiform writing. The course begins with the alphabet, each new lesson builds on the ones before, and in 15 units students will be equipped with a basic grasp of the language for reading and study.


Knowledge of biblical Hebrew is not a prerequisite of the course. Reviews and assessments in each unit enable students to test their grasp of the material as they progress. Overall, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic represents an accessible introduction to the larger world of Semitic languages beyond biblical Hebrew and Aramaic.

By completing this course, you'll gain:

  • an introduction to the Ugaritic alphabet and the basic building blocks of ancient Ugaritic
  • foundational knowledge of Ugaritic nouns, prepositions, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech
  • an overview of Ugaritic verb forms
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and cutting-edge review tools

Course Instructor

Michael Williams

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis, The Prophet and His Message, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic, and How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action. Michael resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Dawn.

Course Outline

1.   Ugarit in a Nutshell

2.  Language Basics

3.  Nouns

4.  Adjectives

5.  Prepositions

6.  Pronouns

7.   MIDTERM

8.  Verbs


9.   Moods

10.  Infinitives

11.  Thematic Stems

12.  Weak Verbs

13.  Adverbs

14.  Miscellanea

15.  FINAL EXAM

Course Textbook

This Course is based on the book Basics of Ancient Ugaritic by Michael Williams. While taking this course, you will have online access to most of this book's contents. However, if you want off line access or want this book in your personal library as a long-term reference, you may purchase it by clicking on the button to the right which will link you to amazon.ca. 


Clearwater College is a participant in the Amazon.com.ca, Inc. Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.ca. When you purchase from amazon.ca by linking through our website, Clearwater College receives a referral fee not only for this book, but also for any other purchases during your session on Amazon after linking through our site.

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Course Details

Basics of Ancient Ugaritic

by Michael Williams


13 Units, Self-paced

4.5 Hours of Video

12 Months of Access to All Online Course Content

3 Credits toward a Certificate, Diploma or Degree

Support by a Clearwater College Professor


Cost: $510 CAN