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Middle Eastern Christmas

I wish all my Coptic and Assyrian brothers and sisters a blessed and peaceful holiday. I wish for a peaceful and glorious era for the Middle East (and the world) in the near future.

Salam and Shalom.


Guest Post: Anthony Alcock - Life of Isaiah of Gaza

Anthony Alcock has prepared an English translation of the Syriac Life of Isaiah of Gaza, attributed to Zacharias the Scholastic. You can download the document… 18 more words

Guest Post

Pious Graffiti at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Pilgrims' Prayers and Traces of the Self

A Visual Essay

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, as any pilgrim or tourist visiting it quickly discovers, is a massive, maze-like structure, or, really, assemblage of structures, including the Tomb of Christ and of Golgotha but also numerous other chapels, rooms, and other elements. 1,013 more words


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