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A List of Syriac Orthodox Ecclesiastic Ordinations from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century


The Syriac Manuscript of Hunt 444 (Syr 68 in Bodleian Library, Oxford)


The Bodleian Library in Oxford currently holds an unpublished historical document in Syriac containing precious historical information about the ordination of bishops, priests, monks, and deacons. Bcheiry gives the text and translation, and focuses on the importance of the data found in this historical list which he compares with other historical data found in other sources.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-621-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 23,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 143
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-621-3
$158.00
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The Bodleian Library in Oxford currently holds an unpublished historical document in Syriac containing precious historical information with regards to the ordination of bishops, priests, monks, and deacons. These ordinations took place in southeastern Anatolia and in several places in Syria during the 16th century and the first half of the 17th century. The importance of this list goes far beyond its role of recording successive ordinations. It also offers factual data related to villages, monasteries, churches, and ecclesiastical leaders who played important roles within the Syriac Orthodox Church during the Ottoman period for an entire century. Bcheiry gives the text and translation, and focuses on the importance of the data found in this historical list which he compares with other historical data found in other sources.

The Bodleian Library in Oxford currently holds an unpublished historical document in Syriac containing precious historical information with regards to the ordination of bishops, priests, monks, and deacons. These ordinations took place in southeastern Anatolia and in several places in Syria during the 16th century and the first half of the 17th century. The importance of this list goes far beyond its role of recording successive ordinations. It also offers factual data related to villages, monasteries, churches, and ecclesiastical leaders who played important roles within the Syriac Orthodox Church during the Ottoman period for an entire century. Bcheiry gives the text and translation, and focuses on the importance of the data found in this historical list which he compares with other historical data found in other sources.

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Contributor Biography

Iskandar Bcheiry

Iskandar Bcheiry holds a Ph.D. in Church History from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, and another Ph.D. in World Christianity and Global Missions-Christian-Muslim Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago. Bcheiry has published a collection of books and articles on the history of Syriac Christianity and cataloged a number of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts. He is also a Priest for the Syriac Orthodox Church and serves as a pastor of his community in Chicago.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Abbreviations (page 7)
  • The Method of Transliteration (page 9)
  • Acknowledgments (page 11)
  • Introduction (page 13)
  • Chapter I: The Historical Context (page 15)
    • A. The Social and Political Aspects (page 15)
    • B. The Syriac Orthodox Church (page 19)
    • C. The Family of Nur al-Din (page 21)
  • Chapter II: The Syriac Manuscript of Hunt. 4444 in Bodleian Library-Oxford and the List of Ecclesiastic Ordinations (page 27)
  • Chapter III: General Comments on the Records (page 31)
    • A. Source of Topographic and Demographic Data (page 31)
    • B. A Helpful Source to Identify Ecclesiastic Sites (page 35)
    • C. Source of Information That Coincides with Other Historical Sources (page 36)
    • D. The Names of the Ordained People and the Cultural and Social Aspects Through the List of Ordinations (page 39)
    • E. Religious Aspect of the Names (page 40)
  • Afterword (page 43)
  • Appendix I-A: The Syriac Text (page 45)
  • Appendix I-B: English Translation of the Syriac Text (page 77)
  • Appendix II (page 109)
    • Table Number 1: Villages (page 109)
    • Table Number 2: Monasteries (page 133)
  • Bibliography (page 139)
  • Index of Modern Authors (page 143)
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