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Sebastian Brock provides an overview of Syriac literature from the second to the twenty-first century. Brock divides this overview into six historical periods, surveys the important authors and writings of each period, and provides excerpts from some important writings.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-563-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Moran Etho
Publication Date: Jul 12,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 298
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-563-4
$101.00
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Even though the “Golden Age” of Syriac literature occurred between the fourth and seventh centuries, there is a remarkable amount of writings and Syriac that have survived from all periods of the Syriac tradition, beginning in the second century and proceeding all the way to the present. In the present volume, Sebastian Brock provides an outline and overview of this history of literary production in the Syriac language. Brock divides this history into six distinct periods: 1) second to third century, 2) fourth century, 3) fifth to mid-seventh century, 4) seventh to thirteenth century, 5) fourteenth to nineteenth century, and 6) twentieth and twenty-first century. Brock begins by providing an overview of the important writings and authors in each of these distinct periods, and then surveys the literature as it pertains to particular topics: Bible, exegesis, liturgy, canon law, monastic literature, chronicles, and secular literature. Brock then provides a select bibliography for the study of Syriac literature, and he concludes by providing excerpts from the most important Syriac authors of each period.

Even though the “Golden Age” of Syriac literature occurred between the fourth and seventh centuries, there is a remarkable amount of writings and Syriac that have survived from all periods of the Syriac tradition, beginning in the second century and proceeding all the way to the present. In the present volume, Sebastian Brock provides an outline and overview of this history of literary production in the Syriac language. Brock divides this history into six distinct periods: 1) second to third century, 2) fourth century, 3) fifth to mid-seventh century, 4) seventh to thirteenth century, 5) fourteenth to nineteenth century, and 6) twentieth and twenty-first century. Brock begins by providing an overview of the important writings and authors in each of these distinct periods, and then surveys the literature as it pertains to particular topics: Bible, exegesis, liturgy, canon law, monastic literature, chronicles, and secular literature. Brock then provides a select bibliography for the study of Syriac literature, and he concludes by providing excerpts from the most important Syriac authors of each period.

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Contributor Biography

Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

  • CONTENTS (page 5)
  • Preface (page 7)
  • CHAPTER I : A BIRD'S EYE VIEW: THE MAIN PERIODS (page 9)
  • CHAPTER II : THE SECULAR AND ECCLESIASTICAL BACKGROUND (page 10)
  • CHAPTER III : MAIN AUTHORS AND WRINTINGS OF THE SIX PERIODS (page 15)
  • CHAPTER IV : TRANSLATIONS INTO SYRIAC (page 87)
  • CHAPTER V : SUMMARY GUIDE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS (page 92)
  • CHAPTER VI : PARTICULAR TOPICS (page 110)
  • CHAPTER VII : SELECT GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 139)
  • CHAPTER VIII : SAMPLE PASSAGES FROM SOME MORE IMPORTANT WRITINGS (page 158)
  • INDEX of AUTHORS to SECTION III (page 289)
  • PUBLICATIONS OF SEERI (page 295)
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