JCSSS is a refereed journal published annually by the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies Inc. (CSSS), located at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. JCSSS contains the transcripts of public lectures presented at the CSSS and possibly other articles and book reviews. JCSSS focuses on the vast Syriac literature, which is rooted in the same soil from which the ancient Mesopotamian and biblical literatures sprung; on Syriac art that bears Near Eastern characteristics as well as Byzantine and Islamic influences; and on archaeology, unearthing in the Middle East and the rest of Asia and China the history of the Syriac-speaking people: Assyrians, Chaldeans, Maronites and Catholic and Orthodox Syriacs. Modern Syriac Christianity and contemporary vernacular Aramaic dialects are also the focus of JCSSS. The languages of the Journal are English, French and German, and quotations from ancient sources are given in the original languages and in translation. The articles are interdisciplinary and scholarly; the Editorial Committee brings together scholars from four American, Canadian, and European universities. The CSSS that publishes JCSSS was founded in 1999 at the University of Toronto, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, as part of the latter’s academic programme in Aramaic and Syriac languages and literatures. It was incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act in January 23, 1999.
This volume includes articles by George Amanatidis-Saadé, Reagan Patrick, Geoffrey Herman, Ani Honarchian, Michael Bonner, James Toma, Narmen Ali Muhammad Amen, and Nima Jamali.
From the Editor (1)
George Amanatidis-Saadé, "Yazdgird the Forerunner: Early Iranian Cosmopolitanism and its effects on Christian Society in the Sassanid Empire" (3)
Reagan Patrick, "Christianity in the Land of the Persians: The Perception of Geography and Sacred Space in the Canons of Mārūtā of Maipherqat" (23)
Geoffrey Herman, "The View from the Frontier and the View from Within: On Christian Persecution in the Fifth Century Sasanian Empire" (43)
Ani Honarchian, "Relics and their Movement from Sasanian Iran to the Eastern Roman Empire: The case of Martyropolis and Singar" (55)
Mickael Bonner, "Kavad’s Vision of Christ at Amida" (78)
James Toma, "The Prologue to Timothy’s “Orders” as a Source for Change in East Syriac Law" (85)
Narmen Ali Muhammad Amen, "Collection of metal Lamps in the Erbil Civilization
Nima Jamali, "A Note on a Lacuna in the Corpus Juris of Īshō‛-Bokht" (105)
Members of the CSSS for 2020-2021 (112)