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1. An Aramaic language of ancient and medieval Syria and adjacent regions that was used to write a large body of literature from the 3rd to the 13th century and is still used today as the liturgical language of several Eastern Christian churches.
2. Any of several modern Aramaic languages spoken by Eastern Christian communities of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran and by immigrants from these communities elsewhere.
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(Languages) a dialect of Aramaic spoken in Syria until about the 13th century ad and still in use as a liturgical language of certain Eastern churches
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(ˈsɪər iˌæk)

a form of Aramaic based on the speech of Edessa in the 1st to 3rd centuries a.d., used historically in the liturgy and literature of a number of Christian confessions of the Near East.
[1611; < Latin Syriacus < Greek Syriakós. See Syria, -ac]
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The Latin tongue is hardly understood, Syriac is unknown, Greek so odious that 'tis accounted no ignorance in the most learned to skip a Greek word without reading it, and to say, ' Groecum est non legitur .'"
In addition to these Miss Tuffin, who is daughter of the late Reverend Thomas Tuffin (Fellow of Corpus College, Cambridge), can instruct in the Syriac language, and the elements of Constitutional law.
This eschatological imperative fueled the efforts of men like Tesio to bridge the linguistic and ecclesiological gaps and to provide the printed Bibles and other texts in the many languages--including Syriac and related Semitic languages--needed to complete the conversion of the world.
Although the north's 'antiquities department' refused yesterday to comment on the bible, because it was "the subject of an ongoing inquiry", a statement from police said it was bound in deerskin, written in gold letters in the Syriac language, and believed to be around 2000 years old.
Basil, hailed by his pupil John Chrysostom as the "New John the Baptist;" Theophilus, Bishop of Alexandria (385-412), Cyril's uncle, tarnished in many Christian eyes by his role in deposing Chrysostom and hated by pagans for the destruction (391) of the Serapeum, but a great letter-writer and preacher, venerated (Feast Days October 15 and 17) in the Coptic and Syriac Churches.
He carries the story down to the sixth century, analyzing a long list of patristic writers: the Apostolic Fathers, second-century apologists, Origen and his critics, Syriac, Greek and Latin fathers from the fourth to the sixth centuries, including the Cappadocians, Ambrose, Augustine, Greek and Latin Hymns, concluding with Pope Gregory the Great.
This book provides collations, in tabular form, of the divergences between the extant Hebrew and Syriac texts throughout the book of Daniel.
Minister Azzam met Patriarch John X Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, Patriarch Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Patriarch of Antioch and All East, and Patriarch Youssef Absi, Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All East.
NNA - The Bkirki Patriarchal Edifice witnessed this Thursday a meeting between Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi and the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Aram I, the Patriarch of Syriac Catholics, Mar Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, and the Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, who will be participating in Pope Francis' call for prayer in the Italian city of Bari for the sake of peace and the cessation of wars and violence in the Middle East.
Most papers in the collection fall under the canopy of Syriac studies.
Author and translator Sami Aydin presents readers with a comprehensive examination of the Syriac writings of physician and commentator of Sergius of Reshaina on the philosophy of Aristotle.
Summary: Pope Francis praised Sunday a Syriac Catholic bishop who has been beatified in Lebanon, a century after he his beheading by Ottoman forces during a wave of religiously motivated killings in Syria.