In this video we take a look at eight important things to know about the alphabet that is used in Classical Syriac:
1. It is descended from the alphabet used in Imperial Aramaic.
2. It is distantly related to the English alphabet.
3. It originally comes from in or around the city of Edessa.
4. It can be written in three different scripts.
5. It is written from right to left.
6. It is a semi-cursive script.
7. It was originally written without a full system of vowels.
8. It has twenty-two letters.
For my free online grammar of Classical Syriac, click here.
Mark Steven Francois (Ph.D.)