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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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Syriac Fragments

Edited and Translated by Eduard Sachau
ISBN: 978-1-60724-911-5
Sachau here publishes, with Latin translation, fragments of Syriac translations of the works of Theodore of Mopsuestia: commentaries on Genesis and the Minor Prophets, On the Incarnation, a Morning Hymn, and various short exegetical and theological fragments.

Thomas of Marga's Monastic History and Other Texts

Edited with an Introduction by Paul Bedjan
ISBN: 978-1-60724-910-8
Bedjan here presents, in fully vocalized east Syriac script, Thomas of Marga’s Monastic History, ‘Ishodnah’s Book of Monastery Founders, Homilies on Joseph by Narsai, and a collection of shorter texts by other authors.

Job of Edessa's Book of Treasures

Encyclopaedia of Philosophical and Natural Sciences as taught in Baghdad A.D. 817
Edited and Translated by Alphonse Mingana
ISBN: 978-1-60724-909-2
This volume presents, in Syriac and English, Job of Edessa’s encyclopedic work covering all manner of scientific topics. It will be of interest to readers interested in Aristotelianism and the intellectual climate of the Middle East around the ninth century.

De Vita et Scriptis Sancti Jacobi, Batnarum Sarugi in Mesopotamia Episcopi

The Life and Works of Jacob of Sarug
ISBN: 978-1-60724-902-3
This volume contains the dissertation of the Belgian scholar J. B. Abbeloos. Here he studies the life and works of Jacob of Sarug. The major section of the book deals with Jacob’s thought, as taken from his homilies.

Het Leven van Johannes van Tella door Elias

Syrische Tekst en Nederlandsche Vertaling
Edited and Translated by Hendrik Gerrit Kleyn
ISBN: 978-1-60724-901-6
This volume, Kleyn’s dissertation from Leiden, contains the life of John, bishop of Tella, who died in 538 in Antioch, written by Elias of Dara. Kleyn edited the Syriac text and supplied it with an introduction and Dutch translation.

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

Edited with an Introduction by William Cureton
ISBN: 978-1-60724-900-9
This volume contains the last part of John of Ephesus’ (c. 507-c. 588) Ecclesiastical History in Syriac, covering the years 571-585. An introduction (in English) touches on the manuscript and the style and content of the work.

Thesaurus Arabico-Syro-Latinus

Classified Vocabulary in Arabic, Syriac, and Latin
Compiled by Tommaso Obicini; Contribution by Marcus Bovelius Lucensis
ISBN: 978-1-60724-899-6
The Franciscan Tommaso Obicini (1585-1632) was an early pioneer of Oriental studies. This large volume of his is a classified vocabulary list in three languages: Arabic, Syriac, and Latin. A table of contents and index (in Latin) are included.

Une version syriaque des Aphorismes d'Hippocrate

Texte et traduction
Edited and Translated by Henri Pognon
ISBN: 978-1-60724-879-8
Pognon gives here the Syriac text of Hippocrates’ Aphorisms, together with a French translation. Each part contains detailed textual and translational notes and is prefaced with a thorough introduction. The book concludes with a Syriac-Greek glossary of medical terms.

John of Mosul's Book of Beautiful Guidance

Edited with an Introduction by Elias Ioannes Millos
ISBN: 978-1-60724-878-1
John of Mosul’s (died 1270) poem of spiritual guidance in the seven-syllable meter deals with, among other things, learning and the reading of Scripture, fasting, prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, parents instructing their children in doctrine, astrology and magic, etc.

Syrische Grammatik des Mar Elias von Tirhan

Edited and Translated by Friedrich Baethgen
ISBN: 978-1-60724-877-4
Baethgen produces here both the Syriac text and a German translation with notes, including remarks on Elias’s grammar in connection with Greek and Arabic grammatical traditions; the Syriac text includes textual notes.

Das Buch von der Erkenntniss der Wahrheit oder der Ursache aller Ursachen

Edited with an Introduction by C. Kayser
ISBN: 978-1-60724-876-7
This volume contains a unique theological-philosophical text in Syriac known as the Book on the Knowledge of the Truth, or the Cause of Causes. The author describes it as “a common book for all peoples under heaven.”

Homilies of Isaac of Antioch

Edited with an Introduction by Paul Bedjan
ISBN: 978-1-60724-870-5
Under the name of Isaac of Antioch, also known as the Great, or the Teacher, more than 200 memre exist. Here Bedjan produces the (vocalized) Syriac text of 67 memre, 43 edited for the first time.

Opuscula Nestoriana

Four East Syriac Treatises
Edited with an Introduction by Georg Hoffmann
ISBN: 978-1-60724-866-8
This volume contains four East Syriac treatises: two dealing with words forms and lexicography, two dealing with the interpretation of difficult words in the Bible. The book will be of interest to students of Syriac grammar and biblical interpretation.

Kalila und Dimna

Syrisch und Deutsch
Edited and Translated by Friedrich Schulthess
ISBN: 978-1-60724-844-6
From the storied transmission of this famous collection of Indian fables came two Syriac translations. This is an edition of the earlier translation (re-edited after the editio princeps) with German translation and notes.

The Book of Kalilah and Dimnah

Translated from Arabic into Syriac
Edited with an Introduction by William Wright
ISBN: 978-1-60724-843-9
This second Syriac version of the famous collection of fables of Indian origin was translated from the Arabic version of ibn al-Muqaffa‘. Wright gives the Syriac text with notes, a lengthy introduction, and select glossary.

Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, on the Theophania

A Syriac Version, Edited from an Ancient Manuscript Recently Discovered
Edited by Samuel Lee
ISBN: 978-1-60724-842-2
Samuel Lee arranges texts by the fourth century church historian Eusebius of Caesarea as they are known to him in their surviving Syriac versions.

Eine jakobitische Einleitung in den Psalter

in Verbindung mit zwei Homilien aus dem grossen Psalmenkommentar des Daniel von Salah
Edited and Translated by Gustav Diettrich
ISBN: 978-1-60724-829-3
This volume contains the Syriac text, with German translation, of an (anonymous) introduction to the Psalms, together with two homilies from Daniel of Salah’s (fl. mid-6th century) long Psalms commentary. Diettrich’s detailed introduction adds richly to the work.

The Treatise of Dionysius bar Salibi Against the Jews

Edited by J de Zwaan
ISBN: 978-1-60724-828-6
This volume contains the Syriac text of one of Dionysius bar Salibi’s polemical writings, that against the Jews, based on a manuscript now located at the Harvard Semitic Museum. An English translation was promised by the editor, but never appeared.

Inedita Syriaca

Eine Sammlung syrischen Übersetzungen von Schriften griechischer Profanliteratur
Edited with an Introduction by Eduard Sachau
ISBN: 978-1-60724-820-0
Using manuscripts from the British Museum, Sachau here presents a number of unique Syriac texts translated from Greek, including philosophical, medical, and maxim texts. The appendix includes astronomical texts from Sergius of Reshaina and Severus Sebokt.

Un évêque-poète au Ve et au VIe siècles

Jacques de Saroug: sa vie, son temps, ses oeuvres, ses croyances
ISBN: 978-1-60724-819-4
In this important work on Jacob of Sarug, Martin examines what is known of the poet’s life, looks at his lasting influence, offers a number of extracts from Jacob’s homilies and letters in French, and discusses his orthodoxy.

Die syrischen Kanones der Synoden von Nicaea bis Chalcedon nebst einigen zugehörigen Dokumenten

Edited with an Introduction by Friedrich Schulthess
ISBN: 978-1-60724-813-2
This work contains the Syriac texts of the canons of church councils/synods from the fourth and fifth centuries. After a brief introduction, Schulthess presents the Syriac texts with a small number of critical notes.

Supplement to the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith

ISBN: 978-1-60724-795-1
Jessie Payne Margoliouth here continues the work of her father’s Thesaurus Syriacus, including new words and meanings that had been discovered after publication of the Thesaurus. The Supplement gives definitions in English (not Latin).

Iulianos der Abtruennige

Syrische Erzaehlungen
ISBN: 978-1-60724-794-4
This work contains two Syriac texts bearing on the (in)famous Julian the Apostate, both in terms of history and religion. The book includes a critical apparatus to the Syriac texts and indices of proper names and Greek words.

Syrisch-arabische Glossen

Erster Band: Autographie einter Gothaische Handschrift enthaltend Bar Ali's Lexikon von Alif bis Mim
Edited with an Introduction by Georg Hoffmann
ISBN: 978-1-60724-784-5
The ninth-century Syriac-Arabic lexicon of Bar Ali stands with Bar Bahlul’s as a main witness to contemporary Syriac lexicography. Hoffmann presents the first half of the work—the second was edited by Gottheil—with a critical apparatus.

Jacobus Baradaeüs, de stichter der syrische monophysietische kerk

ISBN: 978-1-60724-783-8
In this study, H. G. Kleyn deals with the life and works of Jacob Baradaeus and the role he played in the “monophysite” church to the time of his death in 578, including a thorough outline of Jacob’s writings.