Posts made in November, 2017

Mar Narsai (V-VI Centurey)

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Mar Narsai (V-VI Centurey)

Mar Narsai was one of the greatest of the Nestorian (Assyrian) writers. He was born about the beginning of the 5th century. He went to Edessa where, after completing his studies in Greek and in Biblical and theological subjects, he became the rector of the Edessan school (437-459). In the controversy between the Nestorians and the Monophysites, he sided with the Nestorians who enjoyed the patronage of Ibas, bishop of Edessa. After the death of Ibas, Narsai and his Nestorians colleagues were expelled from Edessa. They went to Nisibis. With the support of Barsauma, bishop of Nisibis, Narsai...

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THE SYRIAC VERSION OF HELLENISM By De Lacy O’Leary

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on THE SYRIAC VERSION OF HELLENISM By De Lacy O’Leary

The subject proposed in the following pages is the history of the cultural transmission by which Greek philosophy and science were passed from Hellenistic surroundings to the Syriac speaking community, thence to the Arabic speaking world of Islam, and so finally to the Latin Schoolmen of Western Europe. That such a transmission did take place is known even to the beginner in mediæval history, but how it happened, and the influences which promoted it, and the modifications which took place en route, appear to be less generally known, and it does not seem that the details, scattered through...

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Syrian Christianity in India and China BIBLIOGRAPHY – Dr. Admer Gouryh

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Syrian Christianity in India and China BIBLIOGRAPHY – Dr. Admer Gouryh

Abraham, C.E. “The Syrian Church of Malabar. Its Contribution to the Church in India,” The Indian Journal of Theology, I (1952), 33-41. Abraham, M. K. The Malabara Orthodox Syrian Church Then and Now (Chengannur, 1973). Alexander Mar Thoma. The Mar Thoma Church: Heritage and Mission (India, Ashram, 1985). Aprem, Mar. The Chaldaean Syrian Church in India (India, Mar Nersai, 1977). —– “The Relation of the Church in Kerala and the East Syrian Church from 1787 to 1860 AD,” Indian Church History Review 12, 2 (1977-8), 100-8. Araythinal, T. “The Missionary...

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THE SYRIAC CHANT TRADITIONS IN SOUTH INDIA Joseph J. Palackal

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on THE SYRIAC CHANT TRADITIONS IN SOUTH INDIA Joseph J. Palackal

The Syriac (Aramaic) liturgy and liturgical chants that originated in the Middle East found their way into South India through immigrant Christians sometime before the fifth century. Continuous contact between  the “Syrian Christians” (descendants of Hindu converts and immigrant Christians)1 in India and the Persian Church kept the chant tradition rejuvenated in the subsequent centuries. Due to divisions and varying ecclesiastical allegiances starting from the sixteenth century, there are now two liturgical and three chant traditions among the Syrian Christians. The...

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The Asclepion Prof. Nancy Demand

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on The Asclepion Prof. Nancy Demand

Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia Historical Background The name Mesopotamia (meaning “the land between the rivers”) refers to the geographic region which lies near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and not to any particular civilization. In fact, over the course of several millennia, many civilizations developed, collapsed, and were replaced in this fertile region. The land of Mesopotamia is made fertile by the irregular and often violent flooding of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. While these floods aided agricultural endeavors by adding rich silt to the soil every year, it took...

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