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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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L’école d’Édesse

ISBN: 978-1-61719-204-3
In this work, the author’s doctoral thesis, Hayes looks at the “school” very broadly in general terms of the Christian intellectual and theological milieu of the city.

Le livre des lois des pays

Texts syriaque et traduction française avec une introduction et de nombreuses notes
Edited and Translated by F. Nau
ISBN: 978-1-61719-176-3
The text published here is the Book of the Laws of Countries, a dialogue in which Bardaisan plays the major role. Nau gives this fascinating text in Syriac (Estrangela) and a French translation along with explanatory notes.

Investigations into the Text of the New Testament used by Rabbula of Edessa

ISBN: 978-1-61143-616-7
Relying on a comparison of Scripture citations in Rabbula’s translation of Cyril with the corresponding texts in the Syriac Peshitta, Arthur Vööbus argues that Rabbula of Edessa was not responsible for the creation of the Peshitta.

Die Peschitta zum 1 (3) Buch der Könige

und ihr Verhältnis zu MT, LXX und Trg
Edited by Jakob Berlinger
ISBN: 978-1-61143-634-1
Jakob Berlinger presents here the variant readings of the Syriac Peshitta version for the book of 1 Kings. Berlinger includes comparisons not only to the Masoretic Text, but also to the readings of the Septuagint and Targum.

Die Scholien des Gregorius Abulfarag Barhebraeus zu Genes. 21-50, Exod. 14-15, Leviticus-Deuteron. u

auf jüdische Quellen untersucht
ISBN: 978-1-61143-633-4
Rudolf Glück presents excerpts from Gregory Bar Hebraeus’s commentary on the Bible in order to compare his interpretation with that of various Jewish commentary sources. The excerpts are taken from Hebraeus’s comments on the Pentateuch and Joshua.

Zur syrischen Übersetzung des Buches der Richter

ISBN: 978-1-61143-632-7
Arnold Lazarus presents here a text-critical aid for the Book of Judges including a textual apparatus of variants and a Syriac-Hebrew glossary.

Die Peschitta zum Buche der Weisheit

Eine kritische-exegetische Studie
ISBN: 978-1-61143-626-6
Joseph Holtzmann presents a study of the Peshitta version of the Book of Wisdom (Wisdom of Solomon) and compares the text with other versions in order to understand the relationship between them.

Die außermasorethischen Übereinstimmungen zwischen der Septuaginta und der Peschittha in der Genesis

ISBN: 978-1-61143-624-2
Working from the book of Genesis, Johannes Hänel provides examples of variations from the Masoretic text attested by both the Septuagint and Peshitta and attempts to provide an explanation for the complex relationship between these texts.

De Sancta Cruce

Ein Beitrag zur christlichen Legendengeschichte
ISBN: 978-1-61143-620-4
Eberhard Nestle presents here a study of the story of the discovery of the true cross within the Syriac literature tradition.

Petrus der Iberer

Ein Charakterbild zur Kirchen und Sittengeschichte
ISBN: 978-1-61143-619-8
Richard Raabe presents here the edited Syriac text and German translation of the biography of Peter the Iberian.

Untersuchungen über die Authentizität einiger asketischer Texte, überliefert unter dem Namen "Ephrae

Ein Beitrag zur syrischen Literaturgeschichte
ISBN: 978-1-61143-617-4
Arthur Vööbus presents a survey of four ascetic writings attributed to Ephrem the Syrian and compares them with aspects of undisputed works of Ephrem in order to determine their authenticity.

Einiges über die karitative Tätigkeit des syrischen Mönchtums

Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Liebestätigkeit im Orient
ISBN: 978-1-61143-614-3
Arthur Vööbus presents here a study of charitable giving among the monks of the Syriac tradition and compares these practices with the monks of the Western tradition.

Die Schatzhöhle

Überlieferung und Quellen
ISBN: 978-1-61143-612-9
Albrecht Götze presents here a study of the transmission history of the text known as the “Cave of Treasures” and the sources used in its compilation.

Concilium Seleuciae et Ctesiphonti Habitum Anno 410

Textum Syriacum Edidit, Latine Vertit Notisque Instruxit
Edited and Translated by Thomas Josephus Lamy
ISBN: 978-1-61143-611-2
T. J. Lamy publishes here the Syriac text of the canons of the Synod of Mar Isaac that met in Seleucia-Ctesiphon in 410 CE at which the Syriac bishops officially accepted the canons of the Council of Nicaea.

Le Christianisme des Arabes Nomades sur le Limes

et dans le Désert Syro-Mésopotamien aux Alentours de L'Hégire
ISBN: 978-1-61143-607-5
P. Henri Charles discusses the various forms of interaction between Christians and Arab nomads in the sixth and early seventh-century that led to the rise of a unique expression of Christianity among the nomad tribes.

Zwei Gnostische Hymnen

Edited and Translated by Erwin Preuschen
ISBN: 978-1-61143-597-9
Erwin Preuschen published here the text and translation of two early Gnostic hymns in the Syriac tradition and then discusses the content of the hymns and their implications for our understanding of early Syriac Christianity.

L'Église d'Orient et Son Histoire

D'Après les Monuments Syriaques
ISBN: 978-1-61143-596-2
Félix Nève provides here a literature review of publications in Syriac studies that have broader implications for other sub-fields of religious studies, such as biblical studies, patristics, history and linguistics.

La Renaissance Études Syriaques

ISBN: 978-1-61143-595-5
Félix Nève presents an essay describing the rise in interest in Syriac studies in the nineteenth century based on the potential for further research in biblical studies, patristics, and history.

Collatio Codicum Lewisani et Curetoniani

Cui Adiectae Sunt Lectiones Peshitto Desumptae
Edited by Alberto Bonus
ISBN: 978-1-61143-594-8
Alberto Bonus publishes here the first attempt at collating the variants of the two manuscripts containing the Old Syriac version of the Gospels with the Peshitta. The variants are presented in three parallel columns for easy reference.

In Memoriam Mar Ignatius Afram II Rahmani

ISBN: 978-1-61143-008-0
This volume, published at his death, celebrates the life and work of Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Afram II Rahmani (1848-1929), from his early life to his time as priest, bishop, and then patriarch.

Kurds & Christians

ISBN: 978-1-61719-842-7
This volume brings together letters and other documents dealing with the Anglican Mission and the Church of East.

Untersuchungen über die Quellen und die Glaubwürdigkeit der Patriarchenchroniken des Mari ibn Sulaim

I. Abschnitt: Bis zum Beginn des nestorianischen Streites
ISBN: 978-1-61719-841-0
This volume provides an introduction, study, and notes on the Arabic text about the Patriarchs of the Church of the East, edited under the title Maris Amri et Slibae De Patriarchibus Nestorianorum Commentaria by H. Gismondi.

A Summary Catechism in Arabic

Abrégé de la doctrine chrétienne
ISBN: 978-1-61719-762-8
This volume presents a summary catechism in Arabic for young students and includes a number of prayers and an overview of Christian beliefs, duties, and means of sanctification.

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Petit office de la Très-Sainte Vierge
ISBN: 978-1-61719-761-1
This volume contains the Arabic version of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the shorter form of the Divine Office for the Virgin.

The Life of St. Ephrem the Syrian, the Great Teacher of the Syriac Church

ISBN: 978-1-61719-759-8
This popular presentation of the life of St. Ephrem in sixteen chapters in Arabic, originally printed at the Dominican Press in Mosul, covers Ephrem’s life and activity from his birth. Final chapters touch on his writings and doctrine.