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New book: Christians and Sethians

Herbert Schmid, author of a study of the Gospel of Philip, is publishing a new monograph on Christianity and Sethian (Gnosticism): Christen und Sethianer: Ein Beitrag zur Diskussion um den religionsgeschichtlichen und den kirchengeschichtlichen Begriff der Gnosis… 108 more words


Found: A Philological Detail and a Methodological Point

Recently I was translating a medieval Syriac poem lamenting a deacon who converted to Islam, and I got stuck on a single word.  Different manuscripts, as is often the case, contained different readings of that word, but the options were either nonsensical or not in the dictionaries.  947 more words

Middle Eastern Christianity

Chapter 2 of My Classical Syriac Grammar

I have just posted chapter 2 of my free online grammar of Classical Syriac in the Estrangela Script (https://markfrancois.wordpress.com/syriac-grammar/).  This chapter covers vowels in East Syriac, BeGaDKePhaT Letters, Consonant Clusters, Diphthongs, and when to pronounce Waw and Yodh as consonants.  117 more words


Did the Muslims Conquer Jerusalem?

Did the Muslims conquer the Middle East? History says they did, from both the Western and Islamic perspectives. Much of the self-understanding of modern civilization has been built upon this premise, the resulting Crusades, and eventual colonization by European powers. 667 more words


Quick Correction - A Syriac Grammar by Michael Sokoloff

*Note: From time to time on this site I will be posting corrections or helpful additions to reference works that I regularly use.  If you own these works, simply pencil in the addition or correction if you feel that it is helpful. 99 more words


Sacred Music From Syria - St. Joseph's Assyrian Choir and Syrian Music Documentary

Sacred Music From Syria By Ted Swedenburg

Originally Posted 2017-08-01 00:13 GMT on AINA, minor modifications including inserting hyperlinks by The Rabbit Hole.

The Assyrian Virgin Mary Church in Tel Nasri, Syria, was… 938 more words