Posts made in January, 2016

Originality and Function of Formal Structures in the Chronicle of Michael the Great – Dorothea WELTECKE

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on Originality and Function of Formal Structures in the Chronicle of Michael the Great – Dorothea WELTECKE

Abstract The world chronicle or the universal chronography by Michael the Great is the most voluminous historical work written within the Syriac Orthodox tradition. Usually its content is used to gain historical data, either about events it is dealing with or about its sources. In the present paper some suggestions are made to read the work as a historical achievement in its own right. Though very different from each other, both modern and post-modern thinking often evaluate historiography – at least historiography written by others – with categories developed for poetic...

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Entry EDESSA IN THE ERA OF PATRIARCH MICHAEL THE SYRIAN – Rev. Joseph Tarzi, Ph.D.

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on Entry EDESSA IN THE ERA OF PATRIARCH MICHAEL THE SYRIAN – Rev. Joseph Tarzi, Ph.D.

INTRODUCTION The year 1999 not only marked the 800th anniversary of the departure of Patriarch Michael the Great, but also the 7Sth anniversary of the forced mass-exodus of the Syrian Orthodox people of Edessa, and the movement of the Syrian Church of Edessa to Aleppo, Syria. In an attempt to combine the two occasions, I chose the topic of my paper to be “Edessa at the time of Patriarch Michael the Great.” Although Patriarch Michael was born in 1126, and died in 1199, the period covered in this presentation is almost entirely the 12th century, that is from the year 1100 to 1200...

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Maronites and the Anaphora of Patriach Mikhail the Great – Fadi BARUDI

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on Maronites and the Anaphora of Patriach Mikhail the Great – Fadi BARUDI

The maphrian Grigorios Ibn-al’Ibri (Barhebraeus-13th c.) is the author ofa book entitled “Manarat al-Aqdaas”. The same title was given to a book by the Maronite patriarch and historian Istifan ad-Duwayhi (17th c.) which implies that he was inspired by the title used by his predecessor. However, what concerns us in ad- Duwayhi’s book here is the part in which the historian refers to the anaphora of Patriach Mikhail the Great and which was used among other Syriac anaphorae current in the liturgy of the Maronite Church. In his description of the word anaphora, the number...

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The Reverend George Percy Badger and the Syrian Orthodox communities of the Tur Abdin. Contact with the Protestant West and its consequences – Professor Robert Brenton Betts,

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on The Reverend George Percy Badger and the Syrian Orthodox communities of the Tur Abdin. Contact with the Protestant West and its consequences – Professor Robert Brenton Betts,

American University of Beirut. To be read at the Symposium on Mor Michael the Syrian, October 1-8, at Saint Ephrem Theological Seminary, Ma’arat Saydnaya, Syria. Mor Michael the Syrian is best known for his Chronicles which are a major source of how Muslims and non-Catholic Christians of his time viewed the era of the Crusades. Today I would like to address a later crusade, about which Michael would have had equal, if not stronger, reservations, that of the missions of the Church of Rome, beginning in the middle of the 16th century, and later the various Protestant sects of Britain and...

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The Challenges that confronted the Syrian Orthodox Church in the era of mor Michael the Great 1126-1199 A.D. – Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on The Challenges that confronted the Syrian Orthodox Church in the era of mor Michael the Great 1126-1199 A.D. – Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

(1) The Syrian Orthodox historians have all agreed in their eulogistic tributes to our revered Patriarch Mar Michael the Great. They have appreciated his gifts, struggles, sacrifices and services. Patriarch Ephrem I Barsoum described him thus: “One of the greatest prelates of God’s church, one of the finest patriarchs of Antioch, a famous intellectual historian, whose name is eternal, whose endeavors are beautiful, whose ways are praised, whose virtues are known, and whose deeds are righteous.”1 I would like to summarize in my paper the most important challenges that...

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