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The recent publication of texts from the early and middle periods of Christian Palestinian Aramaic makes possible a more accurate description of the syntax of this form of Aramaic than heretofore. However, since virtually all CPA texts consist of translations, one cannot adequately discuss its verbal system without taking into account translation technique. Therefore, the present study consists of a study of the translation of Greek Indicative verbs in the CPA Gospels and its implications for the understanding of the CPA verbal system. Chapter one explains the methodology and the conventions used in this book. Chapters two to seven describe the translation of six Greek Indicative tenses, i.e., the Imperfect, Present, Future, Aorist, Perfect, and Pluperfect, along with related periphrastic verbal phrases. Chapter eight then explores the implications of the previous chapters for the understanding of both translation technique and the CPA verbal system. The presence of textual, stylistic, and/or idiomatic variation in an otherwise literal translation provides useful clues concerning both the nature of the CPA translation and the functions of CPA verbs. Hence, the evidence afforded by translation technique concerning the syntax and morphosyntax of the CPA verbal system is discussed in light of synchronic and diachronic comparative evidence. Chapter nine offers some concluding thoughts.
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