Thursday, March 28, 2013

The word for King in Biblical Aramaic.

Today΄s word in Biblical Aramaic is melek which means King. King seems to be a favourite word for many Aramaic lessons that I have come across.

Here is how to write King (mlk) omitting the vowels.

And here is how to write the same word using vowels symbols.
melek with vowels

The three dots below the letter mark the 'e' vowel.

The two dots below the last letter are called shewa.The shewa indicates either a vowel which sounds kind of like 'ah' or a the absence of a vowel.In our case in the word melek the shewa means that there is no vowel and it is not pronounced.

The last letter is the final form of K which is capitalized when transcribed to distinguish it from k-the initial and medial form.

Note that the word for King in Syriac is malka.

That΄s it for today!

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