Samaritan Aramaic language (sam)

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Also Known As: Samaritan Aramaic Language,Samaritan Aramaic


Samaritan Aramaic, or Samaritan, is the dialect of Aramaic used by the Samaritans in their sacred and scholarly literature. This should not be confused with the Samaritan Hebrew language of the Scriptures. It ceased to be a spoken language some time between the 10th and the 12th centuries. In form it resembles the Aramaic of the Targumim, the Aramaic word for “interpretation” or “paraphrase”, and is written in the Samaritan alphabet. Important works written in Samaritan include the Samaritan translation of the Samaritan Hebrew Pentateuch in the form of the targum paraphased version. There are also legal, exegetical and liturgical texts, though later works of the same kind were often written in Arabic. Exodus XX.1-6:

Notice the similarities with Judeo-Aramaic as found in Targum Onqelos to this same passage (some expressions below are paraphrased, not literally translated):..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Samaritan Aramaic language Speakers

Rosetta Document Collection

Genesis Translation:
Table Of Contents:
Vernacular Text:


Main Country: West Bank
Spoken In:

Regions: Asia

ISO 639-3 Code: sam

Classification Taxonomy

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  Afro-Asiatic Group

    Semitic Group

      Central Semitic Group

        Aramaic Group

          Western Aramaic Group

            Samaritan Aramaic language