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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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The Book of the Priesthood

The First Homily on the Priesthood attributed to John Maron
Edited and Translated by Joseph Hubeika
ISBN: 978-1-61719-201-2
Joseph Hubeika (1878-1944) here presents the Syriac text and Arabic translation of a long work on the priesthood attributed to Yuhanon Maron, but in fact from the hand of John of Dara.

Severi Antiiulianistica

Edited and Translated by A. Sanda
ISBN: 978-1-61719-174-9
This volume contains the Syriac version, with Latin translation, of Severus’ polemical work against Julian, bishop of Halicarnassus, especially on the question of the corruptibility of Jesus’ body.

Bibliothecae Syriacae

a Paulo de Lagarde collectae quae ad philologiam sacram pertinent
Edited by Paul de Lagarde
ISBN: 978-1-61143-473-6
Most of the Bible in Syriac, with eight fragments in Greek.

Auszüge aus syrischen Akten persischer Märtyrer

ISBN: 978-1-61143-627-3
Georg Hoffmann provides here a German translation of several extensive excerpts from the Syriac Acts of the Persian Martyers.

Christians in China

Before the Year 1550
ISBN: 978-1-61143-605-1
A. C. Moule presents here a survey of the sources for Christianity in China prior to 1550 in order to construct a history of Christianity in China prior to the modern missions of the sixteenth century.

The Religions of Modern Syria and Palestine

ISBN: 978-1-61143-604-4
This volume represents the Bross Lectures given by Frederick J. Bliss in 1908 in which he describes the religious practices of Christians and Muslims in Syria and Palestine.

The History of the New Testament Canon in the Syrian Church

ISBN: 978-1-61143-356-2
In this volume, Julius Bewer attempts to construct a coherent history of the tramsission of the New Testament documents in the early Syriac tradition.

Les origines de l’église d’Édesse et des églises syriennes

ISBN: 978-1-61719-228-9
Beginning with the letters of Paul and the Acts of the Apostles, Martin follows the course of Christianity into its becoming so important in Edessa and its branching out from there to other regions.

Catalogue des manuscrits syriaques et arabes conservés dans la bibliothèque épiscopale de Séert (Kur

Avec notes bibliographiques
ISBN: 978-1-61143-009-7
Addai Scher, the last bishop of Siirt (Seert), here describes the collection of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts of the episcopal library there, a total of 136 codices in various genres.

A Catechism on Biblical History in the Aramaic Dialect of Mosul

Abrégé d’histoire sainte en langue chaldéenne vulgaire
ISBN: 978-1-61719-756-7
This volume provides an overview of biblical history in the form of questions and answers in the modern Aramaic dialect of Mosul.

Saint Ephrem le Syrien

Son Oeuvre Littéraire Grecque
ISBN: 978-1-61719-309-5
In this multi-faceted study of Greek texts related to Ephrem, Emereau examines these works from a number of angles, including their poetic form, their influence on homily writers of the 5th cent., and Byzantine hymnography.

Breviarium Chaldaicum in usum Nationis Chaldaicae

Prayers of the Priests for Ordinary and Feast Days according to the Practice of the Holy Chaldean Church
Compiled by Joseph Guriel
ISBN: 978-1-61719-399-6
This volume, edited by the Chaldean priest Joseph Guriel (d. 1890), contains the prayers for priests for the common and feast days according to the East Syrian Rite.

Geschichten und Lieder aus den neu-aramäischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin

Translation and Introduction by Mark Lidzbarski
ISBN: 978-1-61719-396-5
Mark Lidzbarski (1868-1928) here presents annotated German translations of Neo-Aramaic stories, tales, and songs, including a version of the Ahiqar legend.

La Chaldée

Esquisse historique suivie de quelques réflexions sur l'Orient
ISBN: 978-1-61719-255-5
French orientalist Paulin Martin (1840-1890) here discusses Christianity in 19th century Iraq and the surrounding areas.

The Principles of Syriac Grammar

Translated and Abridged from the Work of Dr. Hoffmann
ISBN: 978-1-61719-245-6
Cowper, having reasoned that English students of Syriac deserve an affordable and complete, yet not too cumbersome and detailed, guide to the language, here offers an abridged and edited English version of Hoffmann’s grammar, originally published in Latin in 1827.

Antiqua Ecclesiae Syro-Chaldaicae Traditio circa Petri Apostoli eiusque Successorum Romanorum Pontif

ISBN: 978-1-61719-244-9
In this volume, Clemens Joseph David (1829-1890), a prominent scholar of the Syriac Catholic Church and Archbishop of Damascus, studies the subject of the primacy of Peter and his successors.

Institutiones Fundamentales Linguae Aramaicae seu Dialectorum Chaldaicae ac Syriacae

In usum juventutis academicae
ISBN: 978-1-61719-243-2
This brief Syriac grammar for students, along with a prolegomena showing how Syriac fits in among other Aramaic dialects, includes the standard grammatical items. The paradigms are unique for including Jewish Aramaic forms side by side with the Syriac.

Nestorius and his Teaching

A Fresh Examination of the Evidence
ISBN: 978-1-61719-241-8
This still standard study on Nestorius is guided by the question: Did Nestorius mean what people have thought that he meant? Chapters cover the sources and content for our knowledge about his teaching.

The History of the Maronite Mission in Egypt, 1745-1927

ISBN: 978-1-61719-239-5
Khoury provides a complete history of the Maronite Mission in Egypt from the mid-18th into the beginning of the 20th century, including chapters on the important figures connected with the mission and other historical events.

Ueber das Verhältniss des Textes der drei syrischen Briefe des Ignatios zu den übrigen Recensionen d

ISBN: 978-1-61719-237-1
This volume is a detailed examination of the some of the letters of Ignatius available in two Greek recensions but also a Syriac translation and the relationship between these versions.

Dissertatio de Syrorum Fide et Disciplina in Re Eucharistica

ISBN: 978-1-61719-231-9
Lamy here studies questions on the Eucharist according to Syriac witnesses. In addition, he gives canonical texts (in Syriac and Latin with thorough commentary) from John of Tella and Jacob of Edessa.

Syri Orientales, seu Chaldaei, Nestoriani et Romanorum Pontificum Primatus

Commentatio Historico-philologico-theologica
ISBN: 978-1-61719-206-7
Khayyath, Chaldean archbishop of Amid, here explores the literary testimonies of writers in Syriac and Arabic from the Church of the East on the question of the primacy of the Roman pontiff.

Étude sur les emprunts syriaques dans les parlers arabes du Liban

ISBN: 978-1-61719-203-6
The present work, Michel Feghali’s doctoral dissertation, is the first large scale investigation of the survival of Syriac linguistic features in Arabic dialects; he examines in particular, the Lebanese dialects.

De S. Isaaci Ninivitae Vita, Scriptis et Doctrina

Accedunt Isaaci Tres Integri Sermones
ISBN: 978-1-61719-202-9
In this volume, Chabot is concerned with the life and work of the widely influential Church of the East author Isaac of Nineveh (late 7th cent.). Three sermons, in Syriac and Latin, conclude the work.

Les origines de l’église d’Édesse et la légende d’Abgar

Étude critique suivie de deux textes orientaux inédits
ISBN: 978-1-61719-180-0
This volume is a study of the origins of Christianity in Edessa, covering the question from both a historical and a legendary perspective, including the Doctrine of Addai.