Monday, April 18, 2016

A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity

First posted in AWOL 17 January 2012, updated 18 April 2016]

A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity
It was during the sixteenth century in Renaissance Europe that, as a result of the efforts of the Catholic and Protestant scholars of the New Testament, Syriac studies became a part of European intellectual life. [1] Since then, the number of scholarly publications on various matters related to the history, culture and religious life of Syriac-speaking Christians has only increased. As these publications are in a variety of languages, and many of them scattered through journals and periodicals belonging to various academic fields, it is often difficult to obtain precise information on what has already been published on one or another aspect of Syriac Christianity. Our project aims to fill the evident gap in the bibliographical resources and provide a convenient and easily accessible tool for the worldwide scholarly community. The ultimate goal of this project is to create and launch an on-line database on Syriac Christianity that will be updated on a regular basis and available free of charge to the international scholarly community...

At present, the database includes more than 14.000 bibliographic entries. Some of these entries have been retrieved from already existing on-line bibliographic databases on biblical and patristic studies, such as the Index Theologicus of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the Bibliographic Information Base in Patristics of Université Laval and some others. 
Furthermore, to a significant degree our database is founded on the following bibliographical works, without which it would have been impossible to compile:

Alwan, K., "Bibliographie générale raisonnée de Jacques de Saroug († 521)," Parole de l'Orient 13 (1986), 313-384.
Brock, S. P., Syriac Studies: A Classified Bibliography (1960-1990) (Kaslik: Université Saint-Esprit, 1996).
---. "Syriac Studies: A Classified Bibliography (1991-1995)," Parole de l'Orient 23 (1998), 241-350.
---. "Syriac Studies: A Classified Bibliography (1996-2000)," Parole de l'Orient 29 (2004), 263-410.
---. "Syriac Studies: A Classified Bibliography (2001-2005)," Parole de l'Orient 33 (2008), 281-446.
---. "Recent Books on Syriac Topics," Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 9:1 (2006).
---. "Recent Books on Syriac Topics," Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 10:1 (2007).
---. "Recent Books on Syriac Topics, Part 12," Hugoye 12:1 (2009), 167-171.
---. "Recent Books on Syriac Topics, Part 13," Hugoye 13:1 (2010), 103-107.
den Biesen, K., Bibliography of Ephrem the Syrian (Giove in Umbria: [the author], 2002).
Dirksen, P. B., An Annotated Bibliography of the Peshitta of the Old Testament (Monographs of the Peshitta Institute Leiden 5; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1989).
---. "Supplement to An Annotated Bibliography of the Peshitta of the Old Testament, 1989," in: P.B. Dirksen and A. van der Kooij (eds.), The Peshitta as a Translation: Papers Read at the II Peshitta Symposium Held at Leiden, 19-21 August 1993 (Monographs of the Peshitta Institute Leiden 8; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1995), 221-236.
Kessel, G. M., and Pinggéra, K., A Bibliography of Syriac Ascetic and Mystical Literature (Eastern Christian Studies 11; Leuven: Peeters, 2010).
Kruisheer, D., "A Bibliographical Clavis to the Works of Jacob of Edessa (Revised and Expanded)," in: R.B. ter Haar Romeny (ed.), Jacob of Edessa and the Syriac Culture of His Day (Monographs of the Peshitta Institute Leiden 18; Leiden: Brill, 2008), 265-293.
Michelson, D.A., "A Bibliographic Clavis to the Works of Philoxenos of Mabbug," Hugoye 13:2 (2010), 273-338.
Moss, C., Catalogue of Syriac Printed Books and Related Literature in the British Museum (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1962).
Takahashi, H., Barhebraeus: A Bio-Bibliography (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2005).
Thomas, D. R., and Roggema, B. H. (eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 1 (600?900) (History of Christian-Muslim Relations 11; Leiden: Brill, 2009).
Yousif, P., A Classified Bibliography on the East Syrian Liturgy (Mar Thoma Yogam Publications 2; Rome: Mar Thoma Yogam, 1990).


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