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year: 2020
isbn: 9789042942332
e-isbn: 9789042942349
pages: XXIV-448 p.
price: 125 euro
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The Patristic "Masora"
A Study of Patristic Collections in Syriac Handbooks from the Near East

Though fairly distinct among Syriac manuscripts, the nearly twenty exemplars of the so-called Syriac “Masora” remain relatively unknown and often misunderstood. These handbooks were developed to help the reader pronounce, interpret, and compare words from across a spectrum of different sources: including works of patristics, theology, liturgy, and the Bible. Because earlier studies of this genre have focused, almost exclusively, on the biblical portions of these manuscripts, little has been known about the collections of excerpts from 255 patristic-era writings included in many of these handbooks. This volume is the first-ever study and transcription of over ten thousand excerpted ‘vocalized words and readings’ (šmohē w-qroyoto) from works attributed to Greek writers such as Ps.-Dionysius, Basil, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Severus of Antioch. This material has the potential to inform not only Syriac studies and Patristics, but the broader study of literacy and modes of learning in the Medieval Middle East.