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Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage
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Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage

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Gorgias Press 2011

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When you add this extensive dictionary on Syriac heritage to your library, you put hundreds of entries on significant figures, places, and works at your fingertips. You’ll have easy access to the first major encyclopedia-type reference work devoted exclusively to Syriac Christianity—both as a field of scholarly inquiry and as the inheritance of Syriac Christians today.

In more than 600 entries, it covers over 2,000 years of Syriac heritage. An international cast of 76 contributors give special attention to authors, literary works, scholars, and locations that are associated with the classical Syriac tradition. The diversity of Syriac Christianity within this tradition is highlighted, as well as Syriac Christianity’s broader literary and historical contexts. There are major entries devoted to Greek and Arabic authors and more general themes, such as Syriac Christianity’s contacts with Judaism and Islam, and with Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Georgian Christianity. In addition to the literary tradition, scholars also consider inscriptions and objects of art. The entries are accompanied by 131 illustrations, as well as maps, lists of patriarchs of the main Syriac Churches of the Middle East, and elaborate indexes.

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Looking for more Syriac resources? Check out the Gorgias Press Syriac Collection (9 vols.).

Key Features

  • Provides easy access to hundreds of entries on topics significant to Syriac Christianity
  • Compiles contributions from top Syriac scholars
  • Includes illustrations, maps, and lists

Product Details

  • Title: Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage
  • Editors: Sebastian Brock, Aaron Butts, George Kiraz, and Lucas Van Rompay
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 612

About the Editors

Sebastian Brock was born in 1938 and studied Classics (Greek and Latin) and Oriental Studies (Hebrew and Aramaic) at Cambridge University before earning his DPhil at Oxford University, researching the text of the Septuagint. He has taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, and Oxford, where he was Reader in Syriac Studies. He has published extensively in the field of Syriac studies, including An Introduction to Syriac Studies and The Bible in the Syriac Tradition.

Aaron Butts is a senior lecturer of Semitics in the department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Yale University. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago.

George Kiraz is editor-in-chief of Gorgias Press and the director of Beth Mardutho (The Syriac Institute). He holds a BSc in engineering from California State University in Northridge, an MSt in Syriac studies from Oxford, an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge, and a PhD in computational linguistics from Cambridge. Among his works are Lexical Tools to the Syriac New Testament and Analytical Lexicon of the Syriac New Testament.

Lucas Van Rompay is a professor in the department of religious studies at Duke University. He earned his PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1976.

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