A tweet by @BLAsia_Africa led me to a neglected passage in Eznik of Kolb, the 5th century Armenian writer, and a quotation from Paul the Persian! From it I learned that: …the Avesta was transmitted orally and not written down! The author drew this conclusion after reading some remarks by R. C. Zaehner in 1955: However, […]
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The 13th century Syriac writer Bar Hebraeus wrote before the Mongol invasions that devastated the Near East and reduced it to the backward condition in which it has languished ever since. The same events also brought an end to the production of Syriac literature, and caused the loss of vast amounts of what already existed. Among […]
The Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, under Fr Columba Stewart, has been photographing manuscripts in the East for quite a few years now, and creating microfilms of them. How necessary this work is, has been shown graphically in recent weeks by the barbaric destruction of Assyrian monuments in Iraq by Muslim thugs, apparently out of sheer […]
David Wilmshurst writes to tell me that he has reached agreement with Gorgias Press and that his translation of the Chronicon Ecclesiasticum of Bar Hebraeus will appear in print before the end of 2014. This is excellent news. All our knowledge of Syriac literature – who wrote what, and when – is based on this […]
A very interesting post on this here: The Syriac manuscripts in the British Library: what happened to the bindings? (Liv Ingeborg Lied). Basically they were mostly discarded and rebound. H/T Paleojudaica.
The excellent Christophe Guignard has started his own blog (in French), on details of ancient Christian literature and its Graeco-Roman context. It’s called Marginalia. He’s just done a post in both English and French on a “new” uncial fragment of John’s Gospel (0323). He’s also interested in Syriac mss. at Sinai. I think I shall […]
A correspondent points out some very different attitudes towards chronological accuracy between Greek and Syriac historians. In his monster-sized world chronicle, Michael the Syrian (12th c.) quoted frequently from earlier historians. I will let my correspondent describe what he found. “One of the sources Michael used was Ignatius of Melitene, whose preface he reproduced in full […]
A rather baffling reference to “Ephraem the Syrian, Contra Haereses 79″ turns out to be a reference to Hymns against Heresies 22, 4, which, by happy chance, was translated for us a while back here. Here’s the relevant section: 4D The Arians, because they added and erred; The Aetians, because they were subtle; The Paulinians, […]
A correspondant kindly drew my attention to an online resource for Islamic manuscripts. The address is here: http://www.islamicmanuscripts.info/reference/ The site includes all five volumes of Graf’s GCAL. It may be 60 years old but it is still the only handbook of Christian Arabic literature. The site also has a vast array of manuscript-related catalogues and […]
Via MedievalEgypt on Twitter I learn of a valuable post on Manichaean-related materials in the British Library, here, by Ursula Sims-Williams: One of the most important sources in the British Library is the Syriac manuscript Add.12150 which contains the treatise Against the Manicheans by Titus (d. 378) of Bostra (Bosra, now in Syria), translated from Greek. This codex […]