THE FINAL STATEMENT FOR THE SECOND ALEPPO SYRIAC COLLOQUIUM ON THE LIFE AND WORKS OF BAR EBROYO
ALEPPO JULY 1st 4th, 2010
A Colloquium commemorating the life and works of Barhebraeus, the famous Syrian polymath and renowned Church father, was held in Aleppo, Syria, July 1st 4th, 2010.
The participants who came from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey and the United States as well as from Lebanon and Syria enjoyed the papers presented at the Colloquium by scholars and specialists in Syriac studies. These contributions, which included fourteen papers that were delivered in seven sessions, discussed the writings of the celebrated scholar and polymath Mor Gregorios Abul- Faraj Bar Ebroyo 1286+ (Barhebraeus) as a chronicler, grammarian, philosopher, physician, theologian, ecumenist, mystic and as a major contributor to church liturgy and canon law.
Prior to the start of the Colloquium, the new conference facility that
had been prepared for the event at the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox
Archdiocese was consecrated under the name Bar Ebroyo Centre for Syriac Studies with a special prayer by his Eminence Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo.
The proceedings also included an opening session in which a letter of
blessing from his Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of
Antioch and all the East, was read. The welcoming address and the first paper of the Colloquium were delivered by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo and the host of the Colloquium.
The Colloquium programme included visits to a number of archaeological
and historical locations. These included a tomb structure in Sirreen,
East of Mabug, that contains an old Syriac inscription dating back to 74 AD, the grave of Sulaiman Shah one of the forefathers of the founder of the Ottoman empire, Qalaat Najm (Citadel) on the western bank of Euphrates river where Bar Ebroyo was imprisoned by Hulagu when he tried to intercede on behalf of the city of Aleppo, and the town of Mabug, the birth place of Theodora, the Syrian Queen, and the seat of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug (+ 523).
In its final session, the Colloquium resolved the following:
1. The proceedings of the Colloquium will be published in English
by Gorgias Press and in Arabic by Dar Mardin Publishing House. The full texts of the papers should be submitted to Gorgias Press by March 31, 2011. The editors for the proceedings are: His Eminence Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, George Kiraz, Hidemi Takahashi and Herman Teule.
2. It has been decided that the 3rd Aleppo Colloquium would be held
July 5th 8th, 2012. Several themes were discussed including:
Severus of Antioch, Aleppo in the period 1400 1800, The Syrian
Orthodox Church following the time of Bar Ebroyo and before the Ottoman invasion (early 14th century to early 16th century). The final theme will be set at a later date by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim.
3. The participants expressed their profound appreciation and
thanks to the host of the Colloquium, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, for his initiative to hold the Colloquium, for his tireless efforts, which ensured its complete success, and for the generous hospitality. The participants also expressed their deep thanks to the secretariat of the Colloquium, to the monks and deacons and members of the different working groups of the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese.
List of Scholars
1. Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (Syria)
2. Pier Giorgio Borbone (Italy)
3. Deena Dinno and Khalid Dinno (Canada)
4. Margherita Farina (Italy)
5. Jan van Ginkel (Netherlands)
6. Hubert Kaufhold (Germany)
7. Fr. Elias Kesrouani (Lebanon)
8. George Kiraz (USA)
9. Hidemi Takahashi (Japan)
10. Sara TanoÄlu and Ishak TanoÄlu (Turkey)
11. Herman Teule (Belgium)
12. Fr. Baby Varghese (India)
13. Dorothea Wetecke (Germany)