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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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Monte Singar

Storia di un popolo ignoto
Edited and Translated by Samuele Giamil
ISBN: 978-1-61719-042-1
This volume contains the Syriac text, with Italian translation, of a catechetical work on the beliefs and practices of the Yezidis based on a manuscript in the Monastery of Rabban Hormizd.

Shall this Nation Die?

By Joseph Naayem; Preface by Lord Bryce; Contribution by Gabriel Oussani
ISBN: 978-1-61719-041-4
In this volume, Father Joseph Naayem, based on his experiences and conversations with others, narrates the horrors experienced by the Chaldean Christians prior to World War I at the hands of the Turks.

Ausgewählte Gesänge des Giwargis Warda von Arbel

Edited and Translated by Heinrich Hilgenfeld
ISBN: 978-1-61719-254-8
In this volume, Hilgenfeld presents a critical edition of nine poems by Gewargis Warda (13th cent.), mostly on contemporary events. The poems are also translated into German with annotations and an introduction.

De Sancta Nicaena Synodo

Syrische Texte des Maruta von Maipherkat
Translated and Annotated by Oscar Braun
ISBN: 978-1-61719-248-7
The work here translated from Syriac contains canons and a series of other texts related to the Council of Nicea that have a connection to Marutha of Maipherqat, known for convening the Synod of Seleucia-Ctesiphon in 410.

Thomas of Edessa on the Nativity of the Lord

Edited and Translated by Simon Joseph Carr
ISBN: 978-1-61719-169-5
This volume contains the Syriac text of sixth-century Church of the East author Thomas of Edessa’s On the Nativity, along with a Latin translation and a brief introduction in English.

Syriac Grammar and Poetry

ISBN: 978-1-61719-167-1
This detailed grammar of Syriac by the Maronite George Al-Ruzzi (Risius), written in Arabic, covers poetic meters in addition to the customary grammatical subjects.

Calendar of the Church Year according to the Rite of the Syriac Church of Antioch

Calendarium juxta Ritum Ecclesiae Antiochenae Syrorum
ISBN: 978-1-61719-416-0
This volume, printed at the Dominican Press in Mosul, is a guide to the church year for Syriac Catholics. It is prefaced by remarks of then Patriarch Ignatius George V Chelhot (1818-1891).

Catalogue de la bibliothèque syro-chaldéenne du couvent de Notre-Dame des semences

ISBN: 978-1-61719-250-0
This volume describes 330 manuscripts held at the Convent of Notre-Dame des Semences (not far from Alqosh); they are classified according to subject.

Festbrevier und Kirchenjahr der syrischen Jakobiten

Eine liturgiegeschichtliche Vorarbeit
ISBN: 978-1-61719-235-7
This essential volume on the Syrian Orthodox liturgy (Fenquitho) by an eminent liturgist covers both the development of the liturgy itself and the structure of the church year.

De Timotheo I Nestorianorum Patriarcha (728-823) et Christianorum Orientalium Condicione sub Caliphi

Patriarch Timothy I and the Condition of Eastern Christians under the Abbasids
ISBN: 978-1-61719-232-6
This volume focuses on the activity and structure of the Church of the East under its leader Patriarch Timothy I, whose 99 Canons are also published in translation.

The Maronites of Lebanon, the Staunch Catholics of the Near East

With an Historical Sketch of the Early Syrian Churches
ISBN: 978-1-61719-511-2
This volume, intended for general readers, covers the history and characteristics of the Maronite Church from its earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century.

Codex Syriaco-Hexaplaris

The Syro-Hexapla: 2 Kings, Isaiah, the Minor Prophets, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes
Edited with an Introduction by Heinrich Middeldorpf
ISBN: 978-1-61719-503-7
In this work, two volumes in one, Middeldorpf presents an edition of a large part of the Old Testament (2 Kings, Isaiah, the Minor Prophets, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes) together with over 250 pages of commentary.

The Utmost of Christian Calamities

The Oppression, Aggression, Abduction, Banishment, Slaughter, Captivity, and other Atrocities and Contempts of Christians in Mesopotamia and Mardin in Particular, in 1895 and 1914-1919
ISBN: 978-1-61719-195-4
One of the well-known works of Syrian Catholic Priest Isaac Aramalet, originally published anonymously, this work is an account of the misfortunes suffered by Christians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Turkey (the Sayfo).

The Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions and Homilies (10-14) in Syriac

Edited with an Introduction by Paul Anton de Lagarde
ISBN: 978-1-60724-941-2
From two manuscripts, Lagarde has produced the text of the Syriac version of the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions and Homilies (10-14). The Recognitions had also been translated into Latin, and Lagarde provides a concordance for the two translations.

Mystic Treatises by Isaac of Nineveh

Translated from Bedjan’s Syriac Text with an Introduction and Registers
Translated and Annotated by A.J. Wensinck
ISBN: 978-1-61719-502-0
A.J. Wensinck (1882–1939) here offers an English translation of Isaac of Nineveh’s (late 7th cent.) mystical work, with a total of 82 chapters on various spiritual themes. An introduction and indices accompany the translation.

Maris Amri et Slibae De Patriarchibus Nestorianorum Commentaria

Ex codicibus Vaticanis
Edited and Translated by Henricus Gismondi
ISBN: 978-1-61719-395-8
This large volume contains a work on the Patriarchs of the Church of the East, taken from the Liber turris. The Arabic text is given together with a Latin translation and several helpful indices.

Code Maronite du Haut Moyen Age

Traduction du Syriaque en Arabe par l'Evêque Maronite David, l'an 1059
Edited with an Introduction by Pierre Fahed
ISBN: 978-1-61719-251-7
The Book of Guidance (Kitab al-Huda) is a collection of canons and rules for the direction of the Maronite Church and its members. This volume contains an edition of its 11th cent. Arabic translation.

S. Ephraemi Syri Carmina Nisibena

Ephrem's Nisibene Hymns
Edited and Translated by Gustav Bickell
ISBN: 978-1-61719-400-9
This volume is the editio princeps of a collection of hymns, seventy-seven in all, from Ephrem the Syrian (d. 373) dealing with Nisibis and other subjects. An annotated Latin translation and an introduction are included.

Poems of Gregory Barhebraeus

Edited with an Introduction by Augustinus Scebabi
ISBN: 978-1-61719-171-8
Scebabi here presents in vocalized Serto script a number of poems penned by the famous and prolific Barhebraeus (1225-1286) together with a Syriac-Arabic-Latin glossary of difficult words found in the poems.

Papal Authority in the Syrian Church

ISBN: 978-1-61719-166-4
In this work, Syrian Catholic priest Isaac Armalet (d. 1954) investigates the subject of papal authority biblically and historically with respect to the Syrian Catholic Church.

Die Massorah der östlichen und westlichen Syrer in ihren Angaben zum Propheten Jesaia

Edited with an Introduction by Gustav Diettrich
ISBN: 978-1-61143-618-1
Gustav Diettrich presents here the edited text of the Masorah of Isaiah, collated from five manuscripts of the Eastern and Western Syriac traditions.

Joannes Bischof von Ephesos

der erste syrische Kirchenhistoriker
ISBN: 978-1-61143-609-9
J. P. N. Land provides here an introduction to John of Edessa, an early leader of the non-Chalcedonian, miaphysite Christian tradition and the first church historian of the Syriac tradition.

Reise in Syrien und Mesopotamien

ISBN: 978-1-61143-608-2
The present volume is the travelogue of Eduard Sachau, who visited various sites throughout the Middle East in 1879-80. Sachau focuses primarily on issues pertaining to topography and geography.

Barhebräus und seine Scholien zur heiligen Schrift

ISBN: 978-1-61143-606-8
Johann Göttsberger presents a detailed study of Gregory Bar Hebraeus’s Commentary on the whole Bible with special attention to the biblical version(s) that Bar Hebraeus uses for his citations.

Missionary Researches in Armenia

ISBN: 978-1-61143-603-7
The present work is the travelogue compiled from the notes and letters of Eli Smith and Harrison Dwight who traveled to the Middle East to interact with Armenian Christians in the early nineteenth-century.