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Instructions for Burial: The Last Will and Testament of Ephrem the Syrian
September 28, 2023

Instructions for Burial: The Last Will and Testament of Ephrem the Syrian

“Ephrem is perhaps the most widely known of all Syriac authors...”

  • Dr. James Walters
Postscript — A Swedish Saint in Syriac
July 27, 2023

Postscript — A Swedish Saint in Syriac

“Stories about saints, much like their relics, rarely remain tied to...”

  • Dr. James Walters
May 25, 2023

Build a Church, Build a Library

“If you want to establish a new church, you’re likely going to need some books...”

Dr. Josh Mugler

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Tracing Scribal Genealogies in Syriac Manuscripts: The Naṣro Family
May 11, 2023

Tracing Scribal Genealogies in Syriac Manuscripts: The Naṣro Family

“The act of hand-copying a manuscript requires specialized skills that...”

  • Dr. James Walters
Reversal of Fates: Access Through Photographs can be a Counterbalance
January 27, 2023

Reversal of Fates: Access Through Photographs can be a Counterbalance

“Cultural losses continue to beset communities around the world, especially in areas subject to armed conflict...”

  • Ted Erho
Identifying Syriac Fragments in the Digital Age
January 5, 2023

Identifying Syriac Fragments in the Digital Age

“What would you do if someone handed you a page that had clearly been torn out of a book...”

  • Dr. James Walters
Postscript — King Solomon the Gynecologist, a Forgotten Tale From the Syriac Book of Medicines
June 30, 2022

Postscript — King Solomon the Gynecologist, a Forgotten Tale From the Syriac Book of Medicines

“The Syriac Book of Medicines is a fascinating compendium of medical lore from the...”

  • Dr. David Calabro
Want to Marry the Princess? Know thy Bible!
December 9, 2021

Want to Marry the Princess? Know thy Bible!

“Who hasn’t heard a fairy tale about a princess whose beauty moves the richest and...”

  • Dr. Vevian Zaki
Ottoman Soap Operas and Other Stories
September 30, 2021

Ottoman Soap Operas and Other Stories

“HMML’s digital collections include entertaining stories from a wide range of linguistic and...”

  • Dr. Josh Mugler
The Book of Laughable Stories — A Medieval Joke Book
September 16, 2021

The Book of Laughable Stories — A Medieval Joke Book

“Have you ever heard a great joke, but then later when you tried to recount it for someone else, you couldn’t remember it?”

  • Dr. James Walters
An Anonymous Syriac Medical Compendium
March 31, 2021

An Anonymous Syriac Medical Compendium

“Many medical works from antiquity were translated into Syriac and transmitted through the...”

  • Dr. James Walters

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