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The Georgian alphabet (mxedruli) in a Syriac manuscript

To file in “unexpected finds”: With no apparent relationship to the rest of the text on the page, the Georgian mxedruli alphabet (along with Armenian) is found in the large outer margin of a Syriac manuscript from Jerusalem containing the… 55 more words


Murders of Christians

In a series of raids into the predominantly Christian area of eastern Syria, IS forces kidnapped several hundred civilians, men, women and children.   These are mainly Assyrian Christians, a small minority group that has been decimated over time by the depredations of the Muslims living around them.   321 more words

Israel And Middle East

Who are the Assyrian Christians?

(Once again, this post is intended for a more general audience than what I usually do. You can see yesterday’s post for some helpful background; unfortunately, current events dictated a more immediate followup than I really had in mind.) 1,870 more words


"Evil head!" A term addressed to martyrs in hagiographic literature

While perusing the Armenian synaxarion over the weekend, I came across an expression that I remembered seeing in a Syriac text that I edited a few years ago. 453 more words


Two meteorological reports from the sixteenth century

As anyone who frequents this blog knows, manuscripts can be much more than simple receptacles for the main texts that their scribes copied. When present, colophons, notes, &c., may make a manuscript even more valuable and interesting. 369 more words


Interview 10: Robert

HELLO AND HAPPY 2015! This year is going to be a good one, y’all. I can tell. Let’s get to our first interview of the year! 4,537 more words