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Syriac Reading Group

Syriac between Greek and Hebrew

This term the reading group will focus on reading the Peshitta version of the book of Genesis and its commentary by Saint Ephrem. The aim is to understand the language and the translation technique of the Peshitta and its reception within the Syriac exegetical tradition which is also known for its contacts with Jewish and Greek-Christian sources. The group is open to any interested student/researcher who wants to improve language reading skills and understand Syriac exegetical tradition(s). The reading will be accompanied with appropriate comments on grammar, vocabulary, etc.

We will start by reading Gn 1. Further passages will be chosen according to the participants' preferences. Members of other Faculties are welcome.

The group shall meet during full term on Tuesdays from 12:00pm -1:30pm  in Room 6, in the Faculty of Divinity. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 10th October.

Contact:

Srecko Koralija: sk885@cam.ac.uk

[Srecko is a PhD student at Divinity, and holds degrees from the University of Fribourg (BA and MA in Theology), from the Pontifical Biblical Commission-Vatican (SSB), and MSt in both Syriac and Oriental Studies from Oxford. His PhD project is focused on the Peshitta version of the book of Genesis and examines its relationship to the presumed Hebrew Vorlage and the Septuagint within the wider context of the Peshitta Old Testament.]

 

Outline:

  1. Peshitta Genesis
  2. Peshitta Genesis
  3. Peshitta Genesis
  4. Peshitta Genesis
  5. Ephrem's Commentary on Genesis
  6. Ephrem's Commentary on Genesis
  7. Ephrem's Commentary on Genesis