Saturday, October 15, 2005

Does anyone know where I. Avinery's thesis is?

One interesting work from the point of view of textual criticism of the Syriac Old Testament is a thesis by the late Iddo Avinery on the Syntax of the Syriac Pentateuch (written in modern Hebrew with French summary). When I tried to get hold of it some years ago (probably around 1994-5) I was told that there was only one copy in Israel and that this could not be removed. Copying it would cost about 200 dollars. I ended up viewing it in the Peshitta Institute in Leiden. Anyway, I have the late Michael Weitzman's notes on the thesis - I may even have some of my own notes somewhere (!), but I'd be very interested to know if there is any copy of the thesis residing in Britain.

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