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    THE FINAL STATEMENT FOR MOR JACOB OF EDESSA SYMPOSIUM HELD IN ALEPPO, JUNE 9 – 12, 2008 The Symposium commemorating the 1300th anniversary of the passing
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2008
      JUNE 9 – 12, 2008

      The Symposium commemorating the 1300th anniversary of the passing
      away of Mor Jacob of Edessa, the prominent Syrian polymath was held
      in Aleppo, Syria, June 9 – 12th, 2008.

      The Participants who came from Austria, Canada, Germany, Netherlands,
      Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States as well as Lebanon and
      Syria enjoyed the papers presented at the Symposium, included
      contributions from scholars and specialists in Syriac studies. These
      contributions, which included twelve papers that were delivered in
      five sessions, discussed the writings of the celebrated scholar Mor
      Jacob of Edessa as a chronicler, man of letters, grammarian, exegete,
      theologian, and as a major contributor to church liturgy and canon

      The proceedings of the Symposium also included an opening session in
      which a welcoming address was delivered by Mor Gregorios Yohanna
      Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo and a keynote lecture by Dr.
      Malphono Sebastian Brock, as well as a final session.

      The Symposium programme included visits to a number of archaeological
      locations of Syrian monasteries that for centuries were beacons of
      knowledge. These included the Monastery of Tell'Ada, where Mor Jacob
      lived the last ten years of his celebrated life, and where he died
      and was buried on June 5th, 708; the Monastery of St. Simeon the
      Stylite, a major fifth century cathedral that was named after St.
      Simeon the Stylite, the founder of the Stylite Monastic practice; the
      recently uncovered Monastery of Qenneshrin, which was founded by
      Yohanna Bar Aphtonia in 538 and which remained active up to the
      thirteenth century; 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 Symposium resolved the following:

      1. The proceedings of the Symposium will be published in English by
      Gorgias Press and in Arabic by Mardin Publishing House. The full
      texts of the papers should be submitted to Gorgias Press by October
      1st, 2008 and the Arabic translation of the texts to be completed by
      March 1st, 2009.

      2. Encouraged by the immense success of the Symposium and in order to
      promote continuity in the study of the Syriac literary heritage, and
      in recognition of Aleppo's special place in this heritage, it was
      decided to hold a series of colloquia, each under the title Aleppo
      Syriac Colloquium (A.S.C.), every two years. Each colloquium will be
      devoted to one theme or studying the works of one renowned historic
      Syriac Scholar. The subject of the colloquium will be defined one
      year in advance and expert scholars will be invited to participate.
      In this respect it was resolved to hold the next colloquium during
      the second half of June, 2010 in Aleppo and will address the work of
      the outstanding Syrian polymath Mor Gregorios Yohanna Abu al-Faraj
      Barhebraeus (+1286).

      3. The participants expressed their profound appreciation and thanks
      to the host of the Symposium, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, for his
      initiative to hold the Symposium, for his tireless efforts, which
      ensured its complete success, and for the generous hospitality. As a
      token of this appreciation, the participants presented His Eminence
      with a book authored by George Kiraz that included on its initial
      pages hand written notes that expressed their appreciation. The
      participants also expressed their deep thanks to the secretariat of
      the Symposium, to the monks and deacons and members of the different
      working groups of the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese,
      particularly the board of trustees of St George Church in Hay Al-
      Syrian, which accommodated the venue of the Symposium.


      Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (Syria)
      Dr. Malphono Sebastian Brock (UK)
      Fr. Dr. Abdo Badwi (Lebanon)
      Prof. Dr. Khalid Dinno (Canada)
      Prof. Dr. Theresia Hainthaler (Germany)
      Prof. Dr. Amir Harrak (Canada)
      Dr. Andreas Juckel (Germany)
      Dr. George Kiraz (USA)
      Rev. Dr. Richard Price (UK)
      Prof. Dr. Alison Salvesen (UK)
      Dr. Aho Shemunkasho (Austria)
      Rev. Dr. Columba Stewart (USA)
      Jack Tannous (USA)

      Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim
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