Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dorushe Annual Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, Yale University, March 29, 2009

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and The Program in Judaic Studies at Yale University, in cooperation with Beth Mardutho's Dorushe graduate student association, will host the 2009 Dorushe Graduate Student Syriac Studies Conference. Date : Sunday, March 29, 2009. Location : Room 401, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Fees : The participation in the conference is free. If possible please RSVP in advance to If you are not actively participating in the conference, a ticket for the formal dinner would cost $35 per person, please RSVP in advance to 


Opening remarks, Elitzur Avraham Bar-Asher, Yale University. 
Opening lecture, Prof. Dimitri Gutas, Yale University :
Syriac Studies : Secular Literatur and Social History. 

First Session
Mark W. Scarlata, University of Cambridge
Destinated to sin ? The independence of the Peshitta translation of Gen. 4.1-8 [Abstract]
Yonatan Moss, Yale University
Moses bar Kepha's on Paradise : Presenting its Syriac Original [Abstract]

Second Session
Aaron Michael Butts, University of Chicago 
Diachronic Development and Language Contact : The Case of the Syriac Verbless Clause [Abstract]
Elitzur Avraham Bar-Asher, Harvard University/Yale University
The particle den - a diachronic and a synchronic analysis. [Abstract]
Brandon J. Simonson, Vanderbildt University
Overcoming Hellenophilia : Thoroughgoing Eclectism in Textual Criticism and the Curetonian Syriac Manuscript. [Abstract]

Third Session
Emran El-Badawi, University of Chicago
The Language of Condemnation in the Qur'an and Syriac Gospel of Matthew [Abstract]
Sheila McCarthy, University of Notre Dame
Following Isaiah : An Inquiry into the Syriac Liturgical Origins of the Qur'an [Abstract]
Krisztina Szilagyi, Princeton University
The Incorruptible and Fragrant Corpse : Muhammad's Body and Christian Hagiography [Abstract]

Fourth Session
Zachary Ugolnik, Harvard Divinity School
The Mandylion and its Twins : A Lens into the Syriac Way of Seeing [Abstract]
Jesse Rainbow, Harvard University
The Land of Shir as the Home of Matthew's Magi [Abstract]
David L. Eastman, Yale University
A Defense of Paul's Roman Citizenship by 'Epiphanius' [Abstract]

Fifth Session
Emanuel Fiano, Duke University 
Undoing Heresy. Strategies of 'Nicenization' in the Syriac Version of the 'Eunomian Interpolation' in Pseudo-Clementine Recognitiones [Abstract]
Dylan Burns, Yale University
The Hymn of the Pearl : An Edessan Okhema ? [Abstract]

Dinner at the Graduate Club, with the keynote speaker Prof. John Healey, University of Manchester, who will be speaking on Early Syriac Legal Documents in Context : epigraphic, linguistic and literary [Abstract

On Monday morning, March 30, there will be a guided tour of the Syriac collection at the Beinecke Library, Yale's beautiful rare books and manuscript library. The tour is scheduled to begin at 9 am.