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New Issue of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2004)

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    Announcement: New Issue of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2004) PISCATAWAY, NJ, February 4, 2004 -- Beth Mardutho: The Syriac
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      Announcement: New Issue of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2004)

      Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies                                               
      PISCATAWAY, NJ, February 4, 2004 -- Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute (http://www.bethmardutho.org) published today a new issue of its peer-reviewed academic periodical Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Vol. 7, No. 1). The issue is available electronically on the Institute's home page, and will be available in-print later this year. (Volume 5, 2002, is now available in printed form; see subscription note below.)
      The issue contains the following:

      Generous Devotion: Women in the colophons of the Church of the East (1500-1830).
      Heleen (H.L.) Murre-van den Berg, Leiden University

      Abstract. In the centuries following the Ottoman conquest of northern Mesopotamia and Kurdistan, the Church of the East showed a remarkable vitality, which was expressed among other things in a considerable manuscript production and the restoration of churches and monasteries. This article intends to highlight the contribution of women to this revival. It is based mainly on a study of manuscript colophons and a few inscriptions, which testify to the large number of women who were involved in financing the production of manuscripts and to their reasons for doing so. A closer reading of the colophons also reveals details about the social position of these women, the role of their fathers, brothers, and husbands, as well as about their position within the church—varying from incidental references to daughters of the convenant, deaconnesses and nuns, to highly-esteemed mothers and well-doers in the Christian community. Finally, the article asks for a closer reading of the colophons in order to enlarge our knowledge of the Church of the East in this period of history.

      The Reception of the Book of Daniel in Aphrahat’s Fifth Demonstration, “On Wars”.
      Craig E. Morrison, Pontifical Biblical Institute

      Abstract. Aphrahat composed the fifth Demonstration at a time of increasing tension between the Roman and the Sasanian Empires. In anticipation of the Christian Emperor’s military campaign against Shapur II, the Persian Sage found in the bellicose language of the Book of Daniel a reassuring message for fourth century Christians living under Sasanian rule. The cryptic style of this biblical book readily lent itself to the exigencies of his historical context in which an equally cryptic style (braz) was required. This article considers how Aphrahat recast the Book of Daniel so that it might become a window for understanding his own world.

      Mallpânâ dilan Suryâyâ. Ephrem in the Works of Philoxenus of Mabbog: Respect and Distance.
      Lucas Van Rompay, Duke University

      Abstract. This paper focuses on two theological works by Philoxenus of Mabbog (d. 523) in which the author considers Ephrem’s theological views. One is an early work, the Mêmrê against Habbib (482-484); the other is the Letter to the monks of Senoun, which may be dated to 521. In the early work, quotations from Ephrem’s work occupy a prominent position, but in the later work only a very few quotations are found and the author criticizes the imprecision of Ephrem’s language. This change in attitude between the earlier and the later work is symptomatic of the transition through which Syriac Christianity passed around the year 500. Syriac theological thought was reconfigured along the lines of Greek patristic theology and the legacy of Ephrem, “our Syrian teacher,” caused some discomfort.

      • Publications and Book Reviews.

      Recent Books on Syriac Topics.
      Sebastian P. Brock, Oxford University

      Gillian Greenberg, Translation Technique in the Peshitta to Jeremiah. Monographs of the Peshitta Institute 13.
      Craig E. Morrison, Pontifical Biblical Institute

      • Conference Reports

      Papers on Syriac topics presented to the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 25, 2003.
      Ilaria Ramelli, Catholic University of Milan

      The International Syriac Language Project (ISLP).
      P.J. Williams, Aberdeen University

      Paper Abstracts from the IVth Syriac Symposium and IV Forum on Syriac Computing, 9-12 July 2003.
      Eugene Aydin, Princeton University

      • Announcements

      Appeal: The Syriac Digital Library Project

      Summer Seminar: "Aramaic in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity", Duke University, June 14 - July 23, 2004

      IXth Syriac Symposium and VIIth Conference on Christian Arab Studies, 20-25 September 2004.

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