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Jul-12-2001 at 12:29 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Shlama Brethren,

There is an important new project by Beth Mardutho - the Syriac Institute, called eBethArk. I have made a link to it on the main index of this website.

Led by Beth Mardutho in partnership with major university libraries, eBeth Ark is the first collection of published material on Syriac studies in electronic form using the latest in eBook technology. is in full support of Beth Mardutho's project, eBethArk. The project brings to life old and out-of-print books on the Syriac (Aramaic) language and heritage to the Internet in an electronic library form. Readers will be able to access hundreds of books and articles on a click of a button. These are publications that are very difficult to find as they have been out of print for so long, sometimes 300 years! would like to see books on the Peshitta Bible, as well as the works of the Fathers of the Church of the East well represented in this important electronic library. We kindly ask visitors to make contributions on behalf of by filling the form in the link. Your contribution will be added to the sum of all other contributions made by other visitors.

Beth Mardutho will be spending about $250 to digitize each book. If you sponsor an entire book, Beth Mardutho will add your name to the list of eBethArk supporters. However, you can contribute any amount that you wish. Contributions are tax-deductible.

You can see sample books at

Please help us globalize our heritage.

Paul D. Younan,

What Do Scholars Say About eBethArk?

With each new undertaking, the Syriac Institute becomes an increasingly indispensable component in the continuation of Syriac studies... The Syriac Digital Library Project speaks to needs shared by an entire spectrum, from scholar to interested reader, from student to one whose heritage this is. It is a worthy undertaking indeed."
Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Harvard University

"Scholarly literature in this field is much dispersed and not easily available. Even the major European and American collections have considerable lacunae. For younger universities, especially in the United States, where the interest in Syriac is growing considerably, it is almost impossible to build up an appropriate library... The idea of making the older publications available in digital form is, therefore, a most felicitous one, which will greatly facilitate study and research for students and scholars... will give new life to old books and create unprecedented opportunities for further study of the rich Syrian Christian tradition."
Luk Van Rompay, Duke University

"I can confirm, from long experience, how frustrating it is that important literature on Syriac studies is scattered over so many periodicals and books, with the result that even a good library like Oxford University's Bodleian Library does not cover anything like the whole range... To have all this material that is out of copyright collected together and made available in this way would be an immensely valuable service, not only to scholars working in this and the many related academic fields, but also to the wider public and above all, to people belonging to the different Churches of Syriac tradition."
Sebastian Brock, University of Oxford

"As we enter the twenty-first century, many of us have a greater awareness of the importance of cultural diversity in all aspects of life. Correspondingly, the importance of Syriac literature to the history of Christianity and to the history of the Middle East has been more widely recognized in recent decades... current plan to create an online library of Syriac studies is an excellent idea. Scholars and lay persons with an interest in this area are scattered throughout the world. The older literature, much of it extremely valuable, is difficult to obtain... I support this project with enthusiasm."
Kathleen E. McVey, Princeton Theological Seminary

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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