The excellent course above also may be accessed in a variety of languages other than English, using Google Translate. Despite the machine translation, the material still can be used to advantage.
2. Thanks to Google Books, the following precious grabar materials are available as free pdf downloads.
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Originally published in Venice in 1879 with the title New Dictionary Armenian-English, Matthias Bedrosian's Classical Armenian to English Dictionary is a standard work which has been reprinted numerous times. It is essential for English speakers learning grabar. Classical Armenian to English Dictionary [entitled New Dictionary Armenian-English]. File size: 34.6 MB.
Astuatsashunch' matean hin ew nor ktakaranats', hamematut'eamb ebrayakan ew yunakan bnagrats' [Old and New Testaments of the Bible, compared with the Hebrew and Greek texts] (Constantinople, 1895). This is the critical edition of the grabar Bible. The Bible was translated into Armenian in the early 5th century and contains some of the most beautiful grabar imaginable. With an English translation by your side, reading passages from the Classical Armenian Bible is an excellent way to learn the language. The large file has been divided into three parts for manageability:
Hin ktakaran/Old Testament-1, in 312 pdf pages. Genesis to Ruth. File size: 40.9 MB;
Hin ktakaran/Old Testament-2, in 724 pdf pages. Kings to Malachi. File size: 33.2 MB;
Nor ktakaran/New Testament-3, in 301 pdf pages. File size: 12.9 MB.
Also available: Astuatsashunch' matean hin ew nor ktakaranats' [The Old and New Testaments of the Bible], in four volumes. This is the fabled Zohrab Bible (Venice, 1805):Vol. 1 (Genesis to Ruth). File size: 21.8 MB;
Vol. 2 (Kings through II Maccabees). File size: 32.8 MB;
Vol. 3 (Psalms through Ezekiel). File size: 48.6 MB;
Vol. 4 (New Testament). File size: 34.2 MB.
Classical Armenian Old Testament Online
Classical Armenian New Testament Online
Uncanonical Books of the Old Testament in Classical Armenian. Sargis Hovsep'eants', editor. Classical Armenian text of Ankanon girk' Hin Ktakaranats' (Venice, 1896). File size: 8.3 MB.
English Translation of the Uncanonical Books. Uncanonical Writings of the Old Testament, translated into English from Classical Armenian manuscripts, by Rev. J. Issaverdens (Venice, 1900). Includes some rarities: The Book of Adam, The History of Assaneth, The History of Moses, The Deaths of the Prophets, Concerning King Solomon, A Short History of the Prophet Elias, Concerning the Prophet Jeremiah, The Vision of Enoch the Just, The Testaments of the XII Patriarchs, The Third Book of Esdras, and Inquiries Made by the Prophet Esdras. File size: 11.5 MB.The Story of Ahikar, from the Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Ethiopic, Old Turkish, Greek and Slavonic Versions, by F. C. Conybeare, J. Rendel Harris, and Agnes Smith Lewis (Glasgow, 1898). English translations and texts of this wonderful tale in the aforementioned languages. For students of Classical Armenian, this is an excellent example of the pure grabar of the early 5th century. Containing some of the most beautiful grabar outside the Bible, The Story of Ahikar was one of the earliest works translated into Armenian, possibly the work of Mesrop or Sahak. With the Classical Armenian text and English translation in one book, it is a terrific learning tool. File size: 5.5 MB.
Grabar dictionaries in other languages and for more advanced levels are available on our Dictionaries and Grammars page.