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Practice Sheets for the Syriac Alphabet

I have just posted practice sheets for the Syriac alphabet on the Syriac Grammar page on Between the Perfect and the Doomed (https://markfrancois.wordpress.com/syriac-grammar/).  These letters are in the Estrangela script and show how letters are written when they are not attached to other letters. 374 more words


Ecolinguism in Israel: Another place where languages go to die

The modern State of Israel recognizes two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic. Nearly all of its Jewish citizens came from somewhere else within the last 2-3 generations. 732 more words


Mini Episode 1: Ephrem on the Nativity


In this episode, Gerhard talks about St. Ephrem the Syrian. Ephrem might rightly be called the Church’s greatest theologian-poet. Listen to this episode and you’ll find out exactly why, as Gerhard reads one of his hymns on the Nativity. 59 more words


Review: Basics of Classical Syriac

Steven C. Hallam is assistant professor and Chair of the General Studies department at Alaska Christian College in Soldotna, Alaska. He received his MDiv and PhD from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. 483 more words

Book Review

New books: Piovanelli, Apocryphités; Mimouni and Scopello (eds.), La mystique théorétique et théurgique

This year has seen a flood of publications from Brepols related to Gnosticism, mysticism, and apocrypha in antiquity. Two more I have just caught wind of are the following: 99 more words


An Osroene Mosaic

Today amidst the internet flotsam and jetsam, there was a post about archaeologists discovering this exquisite mosaic in Şanlıurfa, Turkey.  There are two male and two female figures surrounded by beautiful decorative frames of interlocking geometry.  159 more words