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Introduction to Serta

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In the previous lessons in this series on the Aramaic Alphabet(s), we have looked at each of the letters of the Aramaic Alphabet in turn. So far, we have examined the letters in the Ashuri script, as well as the Estrangela script.

However, another Aramaic script which you might have seen or heard about is Serta.

Serta is a later development of the Estrangela script, which is ideally suited to cursive writing. Serta script is often used for the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament as well as the Peshitta Tanakh (Aramaic Old Testament). It is the script commonly used for Syriac, an important dialect of Syriac. Serta is still used today.

In this lesson, therefore, we provide an introduction to the Serta script, before discussing each of the letters in this important script individually. However, before doing this group of lessons, we strongly encourage you to study both the Ashuri letters and the Estrangela script.

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