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Serta Letter Alap

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Now that you have learned the letters of the Aramaic Alphabet in both the Ashuri and Estrangela scripts, it is now time for you to progress to the Serta script. The Aramaic Alphabet is exactly the same in all of these scripts, but in Serta the letters are written slightly differently.

These lessons on Serta build on the previous lessons on the Ashuri and Estrangela scripts. Therefore, it is important that you don't jump straight into these lessons on Serta, but first work your way carefully through all the previous lessons. Unlike other categories of lessons where you can potentially pick and choose which videos to watch, you will progress better if you work your way systematically through all these lessons on the Aramaic Alphabet.

To summarize, the Ashuri script is used in Biblical Aramaic and in the Aramaic Targums. It is also used in some editions of the Peshitta Old and New Testaments. By contrast, the Estrangela and Serta scripts are associated with Syriac, and are used for the Peshitta Old and New Testaments.

In this lesson, we show you how the letter Alap differs between the Ashuri, Estrangela and Serta scripts, and we show you how to write Alap in the Serta script. Although Alap in Serta is a relatively simple letter, there are some interactions with the letter Lamad which we explain not only here, but also in the lesson on Lamad.

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  1. Serta-Alap-Practice-Sheet
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    October 19, 2014
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