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Syriac news: New releases by Gorgias Press

I received the following email from George Kiraz and pass it along for the benefit of all. Dear Christian, I am writing to introduce you to some of Gorgias Press’s academic publishing programs. At the last SBL meeting, we released ca. 65 new titles, some of which are listed below under my signature. During the past nine months, we refined our acquisitions and production processes in order to meet scholarly needs, and release books very […]

New Wiki @

I (finally!) have the wiki set up at the Newsletter for Targumic and Cognate Studies. The idea is to have scholars contribute articles on Aramaic, Syriac, Targum, Peshitta, and other related subjects so that the site can become a reliable resource. The Newlsetter itself already has some targumic texts available in English translations, bibliography, and information about the International Organization for Targumic Studies. (I hope to have the bibliography in a searchable database at some […]

Biblical Studies Carnival XXV

File under: “Better late than never.” Welcome to the Silver Anniversary of the BSC! I am a day late and a dollar short (and a modest listing from a lot of great blogs this month) but I hope this will help slake your thirst for biblical studies related information. Here and there I included posts from November since we there was no official BSC (you are forgiven James), but do see the superb “little unofficial […]

Syriac Traditions of Mary

From Jim Davila: PSEUDEPIGRAPHA AND ARAMAIC WATCH: The Odes of Solomon… PSEUDEPIGRAPHA AND ARAMAIC WATCH: The Odes of Solomon and other ancient Syriac poetry pertaining to the Nativity are discussed in Commonweal Magazine: The Mary We Never KnewNew Light from the Syrian Tradition Sally Cunneen It’s hard to maintain the spirit of anticipation that should mark the season of Advent when Christmas itself has become little more than an occasion for extravagance and consumption. We […]

SBL Meeting Schedule Published

This year’s SBL Schedule of session is now up! S19-54 Aramaic Studies 11/19/2007 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Room: Anaheim – MM Michael Segal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem From Joseph to Daniel to Antiochus: The Literary Development of Daniel 2 (20 min) Discussion (10 min) Robert R. Phenix, Jr., Saint Louis University Investigation of Ezra 4:12 in Light of Syntax of Aramaic of Ezra (20 min) Discussion (10 min) Alejandro F. Botta, Southern Methodist University […]

NTCS – Wiki & Bibliography

From the NTCS site: John Hobbins posted this article about Wikipedia and asks whether or not contributors to and NTCS will also be making Wikipedia entries on Targum better as well. I personally would hope so. (See my comments here.) The NTCS Wiki will be controlled, with only registered contributors being able to write and edit articles. While we are on this topic (and even though I do not have the wiki set up […]

Welcome to NTCS!

Some of you may know that for the last six years I have been the online editor for the Newsletter for Targumic and Cognate Studies. This site is now located at and we are now taking the newsletter to an online only format. As part of the change we are redoing the site and adding new features. The main entrance to and content of the site will managed through WordPress so that there is […]

Vth Congress of the International Organization for Targumic Studies

The schedule for the Vth Congress of the International Organization for Targumic Studies (IOTS) is now available! The conference will be in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 12-13 July 2007. If you are in the area please stop by! 🙂 I will probably post the abstracts later, at least mine, so please feel free to offer feedback. Thursday 12 July 8.45-13.00 Lecture Room Welcome and Greetings Keynote 9.00-10.30 Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman, Aramaic Branches Bursting into Leaves: Towards […]

SBL – Aramaic Studies Session

I hope I am not breaking any rules by releasing this information now, but… Here is the lineup for the Aramaic Studies session for this year’s SBL conference in San Diego. It will be on Monday afternoon, not in the heart of the conference but not on the Sabbath or Sunday either, so hopefully many will be able to attend! If all speakers are willing, I have permission to record our sessions for distribution as […]