Sunday, October 4, 2009

Call for Papers: International Symposium on Rabbula of Edessa

Call for Papers: International Symposium on Rabbula of Edessa
1600 Anniversary of his Enthronement
Theme: Rabbula and the Peshitta
(1)Rabbula is credited by some with the origin of the Peshitta. F. Burkitt argued for this position while A. Voobus contended that the origins of the Peshitta were prior to Rabbula. In defence of Burkitt, M. Black challenged Voobus by questioning the dating of his pre-Rabbula evidence such as the dating of the Syriac Acts of John. Black conceeded that Voobus had a point in that Rabbula toward the end of his life quoted the Old Syriac rather than the Peshitta in his translation of Cyril's De recta fide but countered that the Peshitta was not a stable text. The development of the Peshitta centers around the life and writings of Bishop Rabbula. It is ground zero for the understanding of Syriac biblical manuscript history.
(2)Several senior scholars have been invited to present papers and lead forums
(3)Call for Papers: We invite scholars and interested parties, especially graduate students, to submit papers for peer review and if accepted will be published under the imprint of New Sinai Press June 2011. Papers in English, French, and Spanish are welcome. Papers shall be read by their authors or representatives at the Universitidad Autonoma de Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, January 2-4. Target date for submission is June 2010.
(4)Housing: Hacienda Lifestyles Resort
(5)Grants are available to underwrite travel, food, and housing for the three day conference.
(6)Direct inquires to : the Rev. Fr. Dale A. Johnson at, 1 (809) 257-7246 or write to St. Ephrem Syriac Mission, Calle Jose del Carmen Ariza, Puerto Plata, Republica Dominicana.
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