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The Scattered Pearls: History of Syriac Literature and Sciences


Translated by Matti Moosa


The only history of Syriac literature to make use of hundreds of manuscripts from the east.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 1-931956-04-9
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 23,2004
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 652
ISBN: 1-931956-04-9
$243.00
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Translated into English by Matti Moosa.

This book is an extensive survey of Syriac literature. In his capacity as a Syriac clergyman, the author was able to extensively examine hundreds of Syriac manuscripts throughout the Middle East, many of which did not survive World War I. While most Western accounts of Syriac literature end around the thirteenth century, Barsoum covers almost 2000 years of Syriac literature up to the writers of the early twentieth century.

Patriarch Ignatius Aphram Barsoum (1887-1957) was born in Iraq and studied many languages, including Syriac, Arabic, French, and Turkish. He taught at the Deir al-Za’faran monastery before being consecrated Bishop of Syria and eventually Patriarch of Antioch. Known as both a churchman and a scholar, he wrote several published works, including the present volume.

Translated into English by Matti Moosa.

This book is an extensive survey of Syriac literature. In his capacity as a Syriac clergyman, the author was able to extensively examine hundreds of Syriac manuscripts throughout the Middle East, many of which did not survive World War I. While most Western accounts of Syriac literature end around the thirteenth century, Barsoum covers almost 2000 years of Syriac literature up to the writers of the early twentieth century.

Patriarch Ignatius Aphram Barsoum (1887-1957) was born in Iraq and studied many languages, including Syriac, Arabic, French, and Turkish. He taught at the Deir al-Za’faran monastery before being consecrated Bishop of Syria and eventually Patriarch of Antioch. Known as both a churchman and a scholar, he wrote several published works, including the present volume.

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Ignatius Aphram I Barsoum

  • Foreword by Cyril Aphrem Karim
  • Translator's Introduction
  • The Syriac Langauge
  • The General Characteristics of Syriac Literature
  • The Centers of Learning
  • Syrian Libraries
  • Syriac Calligraphy
  • Morphology and Grammar
  • General Rules of the Langauge and Dictionaries; Rhetoric and Poetry
  • Themes of Syriac Poetry
  • Categories of Syrian Poets
  • Version of The Holy Bible
  • The Diatessaron
  • Syriac Orthography
  • Commentaries On The Old and New Testament
  • Apocryphal Writings
  • Semi-Apocryphal Literature
  • Church Rituals
  • Theology
  • The Pseudo-Works of Dionysius The Areopagite
  • Ecclesiastical Apologetics
  • Ecclesiastical Jurisprudence and Civil Law
  • Ascetic Books
  • Books of General History
  • Private History
  • Diverse Historical Tracts
  • The Lives of Martyrs and Saints
  • On Story Writing
  • Philosophy
  • The Science of Medicine
  • On Natural Science
  • The Science of Astronomy
  • The Translation of Foreign Works
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