The Syriac Tradition

Seelyu Beggiani “Introduction to Eastern Christian Spirituality. The Syriac Tradition” [University of Scranton Press, 1991; 2nd edition University of Chicago Press, 2005]
Introduction to Eastern Christian Spirituality: The Syriac Tradition introduces some of the major writers and ascetics of the Syriac world, that region of the Middle East that was the home of the Syriac language and culture. Although it is an area rich in thought and tradition, the Syriac world has not been studied extensively in English and is little known by the general public. This work is a modest introduction to a very abundant and complex heritage.
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1. Early Developments: Ephrem and Aphraat
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2. Liber Graduum (Books of Degrees or Steps)
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3. John the Solitary
4. Evagrius of Pontus
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5. Philoxenus of Mabboug
6. Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite
7. Martyrius (Sahdona)
Isaac the Syrian
8. Isaac of Ninevah
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9. Simon of Taibutheh
10. Dadisho Katraya
11. Joseph and Abdisho Hazzaya
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12. John of Dalyatha (John Saba)
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Appendix: Stephen Bar Sudaili
Chorbishop Seely Beggiani was born in Youngtown, Ohio, in 1935. He completed his undergraduate studies at John Carroll University and Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. His graduate studies were pursued at the Université de S. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, and the Catholic University of America, where he received his doctorate in theology in 1963. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Maronite Church in 1961, and he taught undergraduate theology and sacred scripture at St. Johns college in Cleveland and John Carroll University from 1962-1967. Since 1967 Chorbishop Beggiani has been Rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Seminary in Washington D.C., and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religion and Religious Education at Catholic University of America. He was honored with the rank of Monsignor by Pope Paul VI in 1975 and ordained Chorbishop by Archbishop Francis Zayek in 1986. President Gemayel of Lebanon awarded him the National Order of the Cedar in 1988. The author has written a number of books and articles on theology. His most recent work is Early Syriac Theology.
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For a detailed study guide to Syriac Spirituality, see

For a reading guide to Syriac Orthodoxy generally, see and,_Theology,_Exegesis_BIBLIOGRAPHY-_Dr._Admer_Gouryh.html

For an overview of Syriac theological traditions, see:

See also: Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron Michael Butts, George Anton Kiraz & Lucas Van Rompay (Eds) “Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage” [Gorgias Press, 2011]
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“The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (GEDSH) is the first major encyclopedia-type reference work devoted exclusively to Syriac Christianity, both as a field of scholarly inquiry and as the inheritance of Syriac Christians today. In more than 600 entries it covers the Syriac heritage from its beginnings in the first centuries of the Common Era up to the present day. Special attention is given to authors, literary works, scholars, and locations that are associated with the Classical Syriac tradition. Within this tradition, the diversity of Syriac Christianity is highlighted as well as Syriac Christianity’s broader literary and historical contexts, with major entries devoted to Greek and Arabic authors and more general themes, such as Syriac Christianity’s contacts with Judaism and Islam, and with Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Georgian Christianities. In addition to the literary tradition, inscriptions and objects of art are given due consideration. The entries are accompanied by 131 illustrations, twenty of which are in color. The volume closes with maps, lists of patriarchs of the main Syriac Churches of the Middle East, and elaborate indices.
GEDSH is a collaborative project that involves seventy-six scholars from across the globe. Three of the four editors are associated with major universities in Europe and the United States: Oxford University, Yale University, and Duke University. The fourth editor is the founding director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute. GEDSH was carried out under the auspices of Beth Mardutho.”


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