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Syriac Studies Library

The Syriac Studies Library brings back to active circulation major reference works in the field of Syriac studies, including dictionaries, grammars, text editions, manuscript catalogues, and monographs. The books were reproduced from originals at The Catholic University of America, one of the largest collections of Eastern Christianity in North America. The project is a collaboration between CUA, Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, and Brigham Young University.

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Christianity in Travancore

ISBN: 978-1-61719-179-4
This volume covers the history of Christianity in southern India, and is written as a straightforward essay, along with detailed notes at the end of the work.

The Influence of the Septuagint upon the Peshitta Psalter

ISBN: 978-1-61719-178-7
This volume, the author’s dissertation written under Gottheil’s supervision, investigates the numerous variants between the Syriac version of the Psalms and the Hebrew text in light of those texts themselves and with thorough reference to the Septuagint.

Der Strophenbau in den Gedichten Ephraems des Syrers

Mit einem Anhange über den Zusammenhang zwischen syrischer und byzantinischer Hymnenform
ISBN: 978-1-61719-175-6
This volume studies the strophic patterns used by Ephrem the Syrian, which the author divides into five types. An appendix deals with possible relationships between Byzantine (esp. Romanos) and Syriac poetic forms.

Homonyme Wurzeln im Syrischen

Ein Beitrag zur semitischen Lexicographie
ISBN: 978-1-61719-170-1
Semitist Friedrich Schulthess (d. 1922) here presents a study of forty-nine homonyms in Syriac considered in light of comparative Semitics. Language indices conclude the study.

Scholia on Passages of the Old Testament by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Edessa

ISBN: 978-1-60724-996-2
This volume contains a collection of short notes on select biblical passages from the Old Testament by one of the most celebrated authors of the Syriac tradition. The work includes both the Syriac text and an annotated English translation.

Das heilige Evangelium des Iohannes, syrisch, in Harklensischer Uebersetzung

Mit Vocalen und den Puncten Kuschoi und Rucoch
ISBN: 978-1-60724-995-5
This volume presents a meticulously detailed edition of the Gospel of John in the Harklean version of the Syriac New Testament according to a Vatican manuscript. Bernstein provides both a lengthy introduction and several pages of critical notes.

Bar Hebraeus’s Book of the Dove

Together with Some Chapters from his Ethikon
Edited and Translated by A. J. Wensinck
ISBN: 978-1-61143-369-2
A. J. Wensinck presents an English translation of Gregory Bar Hebraeus’s Book of the Dove and select chapters from the Ethikon.

The Liturgical Homilies of Narsai

Edited and Translated by R. H. Connolly
ISBN: 978-1-61143-358-6
Dom R.H. Connolly provides an English translation and study of four liturgical homilies by Narsai.

The Separation of the Monophysites

ISBN: 978-1-61719-185-5
This is a history of the so-called "Monophysite" schism from the Council of Chalcedon to the Muslim conquest.

Syriac Grammar

With Bibliography, Chrestomathy, and Glossary
By Eberhard Nestle; Translated by R. S. Kennedy
ISBN: 978-1-61719-182-4
Grammar of Syriac, prepared by the celebrated editor of the New Testament, with bibliography of nineteenth-century works on Syriac, three Syriac texts, and glossary.

Le livre des splendeurs: La grande grammaire de Grégoire Barhebraeus

Texte syriaque édité d'après les manuscrits avec une introduction et des notes
Edited with an Introduction by Axel Moberg
ISBN: 978-1-60724-862-0
Moberg had already published a German translation of Barhebraeus’s longer Syriac grammar based on a critically established Syriac text and here presents that text in this volume, along with an introduction (in French) and two indices (Syriac and French).

Patrum Nicaenorum Nomina Latine Graece Coptice Syriace Arabice Armeniace

Edited and Translated by Heinrich Gelzer, Heinrich Hilgenfeld & Otto Cuntz
ISBN: 978-1-60724-965-8
This important reference work contains the lists of those bishops that attended the Council of Nicaea according to manuscripts preserved in Latin, Greek, Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, and Armenian. The non-Latin and Greek lists are translated, and indexes are included.

Syrische Wechsellieder von Narses

Ein Beitrag zur altchristlichen syrischen Hymnologie
Edited and Translated by Franz Feldman
ISBN: 978-1-60724-964-1
In this volume, Feldman gives the Syriac text of eight dialogue poems (sogyatha) by Narsai together with a German translation; various biblical narratives are presented, as well as dialogues between Cyril and Nestorius, and the Persian king and some martyrs.

Essai de vulgarisation des homélies métriques de Jacques de Saroug

Translated by Jacques Babakhan
ISBN: 978-1-60724-963-4
In this series of articles originally published in Revue de l’Orient Chrétien from 1912-1914, Babakhan aimed to popularize the work of Jacob of Sarug. Included are rhymed French translations of extracts from five of Jacob’s homilies.

The Third Part of the Ecclesiastical History of John, Bishop of Ephesus

Now First Translated from the Original Syriac
Translation and Introduction by Robert Payne Smith
ISBN: 978-1-60724-961-0
Payne Smith gives an English translation of part of John of Ephesus’ Ecclesiastical History, which does not survive complete. It is one of the most significant texts for studying church history in the later sixth century in the east.

Nestorius: Le Livre d'Héraclide de Damas

Traduit en Francais
Translation and Introduction by François Nau
ISBN: 978-1-60724-943-6
Nau gives here a heavily annotated French translation of the Syriac version of Nestorius’s lost Greek work called The Book of Heraclides, a lengthy defense and description of his christological position, along with a few shorter texts.

Georgs des Araberbischofs Gedichte und Briefe

Aus dem Syrischen übersetzt und erläutert
Translated and Annotated by Viktor Ryssel
ISBN: 978-1-60724-942-9
Ryssel here offers a German translation of a variety of works from George, Bishop of the Arabs (died 724). Included here are poems on monasticism and the chrism, and several letters dealing with a variety of topics, with commentary.

Titus of Bostra's Contra Manichaeos in Syriac

ISBN: 978-1-60724-940-5
From an early manuscript dated to 411 Lagarde here produces the text of the Syriac version of Titus of Bostra’s (died 371) Against the Manichaeans, which has not survived complete in Greek.

The Syriac Version of Cyril of Alexandria's Commentary on Luke

Edited with an Introduction by Robert Payne Smith
ISBN: 978-1-60724-939-9
Payne Smith here gives an edition, prefaced by a helpful introduction (in Latin), of the Syriac translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s interpretation of Luke’s Gospel, which is incomplete in Greek.

Traité de Grammaire Syriaque

ISBN: 978-1-60724-938-2
Duval’s thorough Syriac grammar takes its place beside Nöldeke’s “compendious” grammar as a standard resource for every student and scholar of Syriac.

Histoire Complète de Joseph

Poème en douze livres
Edited with an Introduction by Paul Bedjan
ISBN: 978-1-60724-937-5
Bedjan here presents the Syriac text, in vocalized East Syriac script, of a lengthy and highly praised poem (sometimes attributed to Ephrem, sometimes to Balai) on the Joseph story. An appendix contains a poem on the translation of Joseph’s bones.

Aristoteles bei den Syrern vom V.-VIII. Jahrhundert

ISBN: 978-1-60724-936-8
In this volume, Baumstark deals with the transmission of Aristotelian philosophy into Syriac and Arabic. Syriac texts with German translations are included, alongside a detailed study of their textual interrelationships.

Afrahat: Seine Person und sein Verständnis des Christentums

Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Kirche im Osten
ISBN: 978-1-60724-935-1
In this important study, still a standard resource on Aphrahat, Schwen deals with that writer’s life, works, and doctrine. It will be of certain use for students of Syriac literature and early Syriac Christianity.

Stilmittel bei Afrahat dem persischen Weisen

ISBN: 978-1-60724-934-4
Drawing on the more progressed fields of Greek and Roman and Arabic rhetoric, Haefeli here presents Aphrahat’s style in terms of numerous stylistic categories. Naturally, the work is brimming with examples (in Syriac and German) from Aphrahat.

Synodicon Orientale

Recueil de synodes nestoriens
Edited and Translated by Jean-Baptiste Chabot
ISBN: 978-1-60724-933-7
This large volume, the essential resource for studying the official doctrine of the Church of the East from the fifth to eighth centuries, contains the Syriac texts, with a heavily annotated French translation, of synods from 410 to 775.