1. The Sixth North American Syriac Symposium – June 26-29, 2011

    Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together university professors, graduate students, and scholars from the United States and Canada as well as from Europe, the Middle East, and India, in particular from the State of Kerala. The Symposium offers a unique opportunity for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity — which chronologically spans from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically extends from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide Diaspora.

    While adopting the general template of previous symposia, the Duke Symposium will at the same time be organized in such a way that it aptly reflects current trends in Syriac studies. A special feature of the North American Syriac Symposium has always been the significant contribution of graduate students. It is to be expected that a large proportion of the papers will be by graduate students. Graduate students will also play an important role in the organization of the Symposium.

    For more information, see the conference website at http://syriacsymposium.trinity.duke.edu/


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    Saint Jerome, Commentary on Galatians. Fathers of the Church vol. 121. 2010. By Andrew Cain

    Prior to the middle of the fourth century, the exegesis of St. Paul had been monopolized by Greek and Syriac commentators. Then, in the space of half a century (c. 360 – c. 409), there appeared no less than 52 commentaries by six different Latin authors. This sudden flurry of literary activity has been dubbed the western “Renaissance of Paul.” Jerome’s commentaries on four Pauline epistles (Galatians, Ephesians, Titus, Philemon), which he composed in 386 shortly after establishing himself in Bethlehem, occupy a central place in this relatively short but prolific segment of the history of Pauline exegesis in Latin.


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  5. St. Jerome’s Commentaries on Galatians, Titus, & Philemon, transl. Thomas P. Scheck

    St. Jerome’s Commentaries on Galatians, Titus, and Philemon, transl. Thomas P. Scheck (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2010).

    [From the publisher]: St. Jerome is regarded as one of the four great doctors of the western Christian Church. Termed by the Council of Trent, “the greatest doctor in explaining the Scriptures,” the Latin Church regards St. Jerome as its preeminent scriptural commentator. Nevertheless, much of his prodigious exegetical output has never been translated into English. In this volume, Thomas Scheck provides the first translation in English (and in any modern language) of Jerome’s important commentary on Galatians, with two shorter commentaries on Titus and Philemon.

    Thomas P. Scheck is assistant professor of classics and theology at Ave Maria University. He is the author of Origen and the History of Justification: The Legacy of Origen’s Commentary on Romans (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2008).


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