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Readings in Classical Ethiopic (SMTC 543)

Fall 2012
HTBA
Instructor:
Contact:
Office:

Aaron Michael Butts


aaron.butts@yale.edu
HGS 322

Introduction
The course will focus on the reading and analysis of Gz texts from various authors, genres, and time
periods.
Prerequisites
SMTC 542b or knowledge of Classical Ethiopic.
Requirements
Preparation for and active participation in each session of the class.
Quizzes. Beginning with the week of Sept. 3, there will be a brief (ca. 10 min) weekly quiz
covering five chapters of Lambdins grammar. There will be no make:up quizzes; the two
lowest quiz grades will be dropped.
Final examination consisting of at least one text from the assigned texts and at least one unseen
text.
Resources
General
General
C. Conti Rossini. 1928. Storia dEtiopia. Bergamo.
A. Dillmann. 1866. Chrestomathia Aethiopica. Leipzig. (Classes*v2)
I. Guidi. 1932. Breve storia della letteratura etiopica. Rome.
S. Uhlig (ed.). 2003:. Encyclopaedia Aethiopica. Wiesbaden. (4 vols. of a projected 5 have appeared)
[= EAe]
E. Ullendorff. 1973. The Ethiopians: An Introduction to Country and People (3rd ed.). Oxford.
Grammars
M. Chaine. 1938. Grammaire thiopienne (new ed.). Beirut. (Classes*v2)
A. Dillmann (ed. C. Bezold; trans. J. A. Crichton). 1907. Ethiopic Grammar (2nd ed.). London.
(Classes*v2)
T. O. Lambdin. 1978. Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (Geez) (HSS 25). Atlanta.
F. Praetorius. 1886. Grammatica aethiopica. Karlsruhe and Leipzig.
J. Tropper. 2002. Altthiopisch. Mnster.
Lexica
W. Leslau. 1987. Comparative Dictionary of Geez (Classical Ethiopic). Wiesbaden.
_______. 1989. Concise Dictionary of Geez (Classical Ethiopic). Wiesbaden.
A. Dillmann. 1865. Lexicon linguae aethiopicae. Leipzig. (Classes*v2)
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Schedule
Introduction (Aug. 29:
29:31)
Overview of the Class, Lambdin Ch. 35:51.

Ethiopic Bible (Sept.


(Sept. 3:
3:14)
14)
Intro
S. Uhlig, Bible, in EAe, 1.563:564.
R. Zuurmond, Bible Vorlage: Greek, EAe, 1.564:565.
M. A. Knibb, Bible Vorlage: Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, Arabic, EAe, 1.565.
S. Uhlig, Biblical text criticism, EAe, 1.565:569.
S. Weninger, Gz Bible editions, EAe, 569:571.
P. Brandt, Bible canon, EAe, 571:573.
[all in a single file on Classes*v2]
See also
M. A. Knibb. 1999. Translating the Bible. The Ethiopic version of the Old Testament. Oxford.
E. Ullendorff. 1968. Ethiopia and the Bible. London.
Primary Text
Genesis 22:1:19
ed.
B. A. Edele. 1995. A Critical Edition of Genesis in Ethiopic. Ph.D. Dissertation, Duke
University. (Classes*v2)
see

A. Dillmann. 1853. Biblia Veteris Testamenti Aethiopica. Leipzig. (Classes*v2)


J. O. Boyd. 1909. The Octateuch in Ethiopic According to the Text of the Paris
Codex, with the variants of five other manuscripts, Part I, Genesis. Leiden.
(Classes*v2)

Matthew, Ch. 14
ed.
R. Zuurmond. 2001. Novum Testamentum Aethiopice. Part III. The Gospel of Matthew.
Wiesbaden. 150:168.
see

Lambdin 1978: 333:335. (Gz text in transliteration with notes)

Jubilees (Sept.
(Sept. 17:
17:28)
28)
Intro
J. C. Vanderkam, in EAe, 303. (Classes*v2)
Cf. J. C. Vanderkam. 1989. The Book of Jubilees (CSCO 510:511). Louvain. v:xxxiv. (Classes*v2)
Primary Text
Jubilees, Ch. 10
2

ed.

J. C. Vanderkam. 1989. The Book of Jubilees (CSCO 510:511). Louvain. 60:66 (Gz
text), 58:64 (ET). (Classes*v2)

Enoch (Oct. 1:
1:12)
Intro
S. Uhlig, in EAe, 311:313. (Classes*v2)
Primary Text
Ch. 6:11
ed.

M. Knibb. 1978. The Ethiopic Book of Enoch. Oxford. 13:40 (Gz text), 67:92 (ET).
(Classes*v2)

Qerllos
Qerllos (Oct. 15:
15:Nov. 2)

Nota bene: classes do not meet Oct. 24:26 for October recess.
Intro
Bausi, in EAe, 4.287:290. (Classes*v2)
Primary Text

Letter of John of Antioch to Cyril of Alexandria (CPG 6310)


Letter of Cyril of Alexandria to John of Antioch (CPG 5339)
ed.
B. M. Weischer. 1979. Qrellos. 4.1. Homilien und Briefe zum Konzil von Ephesos (F
4). Wiesbaden. 146:169. (Gz text with GT) (Classes*v2)
see

Dillmann 1866: 70:76. (Gz text)

Kebr
Kebr Ngt (Nov. 5:16)
16)
Intro
P. Marrassini, in EAe, 3.364:368. (Classes*v2)
Primary Text
ed.

see

C. Bezold. 1909. Kebra Nagast. Die Herrlichkeit der Knige. Munich. 22.2.26 (and
king Solomon sent ):27.1.4. (Gz text) [Ch. 29:31] (Classes*v2)
R. Beylot. 2008. La Gloire des Rois ou lHistoire de Salomon et de la reine de Saba.
Turnhout. 171:177. (FT) (Classes*v2)
E. A. W. Budge. 1932. The Queen of Sheba and her only son Menyelek (Kbra Nagast)
Oxford. 32:37. (ET) (Classes*v2)

November Recess (Nov. 19:


19:23)
Snkssar (Nov. 26:
26:Dec. 7)
7)
Intro
G. Colin and A. Bausi, in EAe, 4.621:623. (Classes*v2)
G. Fiaccadori, in EAe, 4.484:488. (Classes*v2)
D. Nosnitsin, in EAe, 4.831:834. (Classes*v2)
Primary Text
[editions and Budge ET are in a single file on Classes*v2]
bba Slama
ed.
G. Guidi. 1911. Le Synaxaire thiopien. Les mois de san, haml et nahas, 2. Mois de haml
(PO 7.3). Turnhout. 411:413. (Gz text with FT)
see

E. A. W. Budge. 1928. The Book of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church. Cambridge. 4.1164:
1165. (ET)
Dillmann 1866: 33:34. (Gz text in script)
Lambdin 1978: 262:264. (Gz text in transliteration with notes)

Yared
ed.
G. Colin. 1997. Le synaxaire thiopien. Mois de Genbot (PO 47.3). Turnhout. 50:53. (Gz text
with FT)
see

E. A. W. Budge. 1928. The Book of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church. Cambridge. 3.875:877.
(ET)
Dillmann 1866: 34:36. (Gz text in script)
Lambdin 1978: 264:268. (Gz text in transliteration with notes)

Tkl Haymanot
ed.
G. Guidi (with S. Grbaut). 1913. Le Synaxaire thiopien. Les mois de san, haml et nahas, 3.
Mois de nahas et de pguemn (PO 9.4). Turnhout. 377:383. (Gz text with FT)
see

E. A. W. Budge. 1928. The Book of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church. Cambridge. 4.1241:
1246. (ET)
Dillmann 1866: 36:39. (Gz text in script)
Lambdin 1978: 269:275. (Gz text in transliteration with notes)

Review Day (Dec. 10:


10:12)