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The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences [Hardcover]

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Patriarch Aphram Barsoum's al-Lu'lu' al Manthur (The Scattered Pearls) is the most extensive survey of Syriac literature ever compiled by an eastern scholar. Unlike its European counterparts, it covers Syriac literature until the beginning of the twentieth century. The wealth of Barsoum's work lies in the fact that it draws upon hundreds of manuscripts which Barsoum personally examined before the outbreak of World War I; many of these manuscripts are now unaccounted for.
Western scholarship has been deprived of this work for decades as it was available only in the original Arabic, and later in a Syriac translation by Dolabani (1967). Only parts of its contents, particularly the later biographies, were made accessible indirectly through Rudolf Macuoh's Geschichte der spat- und neusyrischen Literatur (1976). Matti Moosa's translation fills a gap and will be welcomed by scholars, students and general readers.

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Pages   604
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 11, 2005
Publisher   Gorgias Press LLC
ISBN  1931956049  
ISBN13  9781931956048  

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Truly useful  Aug 3, 2006
This is an English translation of a work written in the 1920's by Aphram Barsoum, who was then patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox church (= Jacobites, = monophysites). He did various journeys before World War 1 around monasteries in his diocese, and the result is that he was very well-informed about texts accessible in them. He published the work in Arabic; this is a new translation into English.

There are details of very great numbers of Syriac monophysite writers (Nestorians are generally neglected). He refers to the manuscript sources for the works he names, mentioning western libraries (which he has visited) but also eastern ones. This latter information is tremendously valuable, although sadly he is often vague about this information. The translation is usually quite readable.

My copy was not quite properly printed -- the recto of pages was often rather faint, while the facing verso was properly printed. At the price, I think we should expect better. But otherwise the book is handsomely presented.

Barsoum is not a scholar, but an oriental clergyman. This outlook is reflected throughout. However the book will be simply essential for anyone interested in Syriac literature, and that's an end of it -- where else will you get this data?

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