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Published articles relating to the work of the Lebanese Orthodox Monk Elia and the Church of Antioch.
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August 2013.



Orthodox Manuscripts Copied in Antioch *NEW*

Syriac manuscripts of the Rum/Melkite Chalcedonian Orthodox provenance are most numerous in the 12th and 13th centuries.

They disappear after the 17th century, when Syriac was finally replaced entirely by Arabic as the liturgical language in Orthodox communities of Syria and Lebanon. Among the Orthodox manuscripts there is a group whose colophons inform us that they were written on the Black Mountain, to the west of Antioch, between 1022(?) and 1242; this was around the time of the Constantinopolitan re-conquest of Antioch (969-1085).

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A Project on the Antiochian Chalcedonian Orthodox Manuscripts: Syriac, Arabic, CPA and Greek

A paper given for the Symposium Syriacum 2004 by Monk Elia Khalifeh on his work. Appeared in Parole de l'Orient 31 (Kaslik, 2006) 423-431.

First of all, I want to thank so much Dr Sebastian Brock. Because of him, I had the great opportunity to continue my studeis and research in Oxford on this most important project. Also, I would like to thank Fr Smair Khalil for giving me the opportunity to be among you today.

My paper will consist of a few short words on my project on the Orthodox Chalcedonian Manuscripts in Syriac, Arabic, Christian Palestinian Aramaic (CPA) and Greek.

1 - The Trilingual Icon

Before I begin my talk, I want to show a beautiful icon from the very old Monastery pf the Dormition of the Theotokos in Kaftun, Northern Mount Lebanon, to summarise how the three languages: Greek, Syriac and Arabic were used all along in the Orthodox Chalcedonian Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East...

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