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THE INDWELLING SPIRIT OF CHRIST AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: THE CASE OF A LATE ANTIQUE SYRIAC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Author(s): Bernadette McNary-Zak

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Library | Comments Off on THE INDWELLING SPIRIT OF CHRIST AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: THE CASE OF A LATE ANTIQUE SYRIAC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Author(s): Bernadette McNary-Zak

THE INDWELLING SPIRIT OF CHRIST AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: THE CASE OF A LATE ANTIQUE SYRIAC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY A certainbrothersaidtotheAbbaArsenius,”Whatshall Ido,Father,forIamharriedbymy thoughtsthatsayto me, ‘You cannot fast, or toil, or visit the sick, and in these thingsprofit?'”The oldman, seeing thedevil’s sowing, said tohim, “Go?eat and drink and sleep, so long as you do not go out of your cell, knowing thatperseverance in his cell brings themonk to his calling.”Now, when he had spentthreedayshewas weary,andhe founda few palm-leaves and split...

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The Originof the MonophysiteChurch in Syria and Mesopotamia ARTHUR VOOBUS

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Library | Comments Off on The Originof the MonophysiteChurch in Syria and Mesopotamia ARTHUR VOOBUS

The Originof the MonophysiteChurch in Syria and Mesopotamia ARTHUR VOOBUS The earliest extant sources of Syrian Christianity reveal a powerful spirit of self-consciousness for independence. This desire is imprinted on every page of the historical records. That which stands at the very forefront of Tatian’s thought’ is profoundly instructive for our purposes: it is his dislike, nay more his hatred, fore everything bearing a Greek or Roman label. This spirit shows itself in whatever direction we look. Syrian gnosis is the least hellenized of all. The pattern of Christian...

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Archaeology and cultural belonging in contemporary Syria: the value of archaeology to religious minorities Emma Loosley

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Library | Comments Off on Archaeology and cultural belonging in contemporary Syria: the value of archaeology to religious minorities Emma Loosley

Archaeology and cultural belonging in contemporary Syria: the value of archaeology to religious minorities Emma Loosley Abstract This paper has evolved out of a series of community projects that I have initiated in Syria since 1997. My hypothesis is that a knowledge of the archaeological remains and religious traditions of a region bring local people more in touch with their cultural roots and encourage a sense of belonging. This is particularly the case when a religious minority feels disenfranchised by the majority group. By creating a sense of self that relates closely to the local...

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Discoveryof a Treatiseaboutthe EcclesiasticalAdministrationAscribed toMichaeltheSyrian:A UniqueDocument in theLiteraryGenreof CanonLaw ARTHUR VOOBUS

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Library | Comments Off on Discoveryof a Treatiseaboutthe EcclesiasticalAdministrationAscribed toMichaeltheSyrian:A UniqueDocument in theLiteraryGenreof CanonLaw ARTHUR VOOBUS

American Society of Church History Discoveryof a Treatiseaboutthe EcclesiasticalAdministrationAscribed toMichaeltheSyrian:A UniqueDocument in theLiteraryGenreof CanonLaw ARTHUR VOOBUS Manuscript research is an endeavor filled with suspense; often made more difficult by physical labor and severe weather, the scholar’s re- search may prove fruitless, or it may yield an unknown text which reveals again the gaps in scholars’ knowledge of ancient Christian tests.’ The text under discussion here, a treatise on ecclesiastical administra- tion ascribed to Michael the...

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The Origins and Emergence of the Church in Edessa during the First Two Centuries A.D. Author(s): L. W. Barnard

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Library | Comments Off on The Origins and Emergence of the Church in Edessa during the First Two Centuries A.D. Author(s): L. W. Barnard

THE ORIGINS AND EMERGENCE OF THE CHURCH IN EDESSA DURING THE FIRST TWO CENTURIES A.D. BY L. W. BARNARD Recent discoveries have underlined the importance of Eastern Chris- tianity in the early centuries of the Christian era. For too long Church historians tended to look at the early Church through Western, i.e. Graeco-Roman, eyes.1 This was understandable inasmuch as the New Testament had been mainly concerned with the spread of Christianity from Jerusalem in a North West direction towards the capital of the Roman Empire, and most of the outstanding figures and literature of early...

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Islamic and Syriac Christian Apocalypses of the 7th and 8th Centuries Christopher WRIGHT, The Citadel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Library | Comments Off on Islamic and Syriac Christian Apocalypses of the 7th and 8th Centuries Christopher WRIGHT, The Citadel

Abstract: The article examines the Syriac Christian and Arabic Muslim apocalypses of the 7th and 8th centuries. It explores the texts written in the Islamic and Syriac Christian apocalypses during the Islamic conquest of the Byzantine east wherein Christians were witnessing impact of the Arab conquests. It cites the apocalyptic writings that focused on the neglectful and immoral attitude of the Christians towards their faith and God and the Islamic conquests in civil wars with Byzantine. It also notes the congruence and parallelism demonstrated in apocalyptic narratives of the seventh and...

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