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Dr. Abraham Youhannan

Jul-04-2000 at 01:40 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Dr. Abraham Youhannan
The First Assyrian Graduate of Columbia University.

Dr. Abraham Youhannan was born April 25, 1853, in Urmia, Persia. After he received his preliminary education in the town-school and at home, he entered Urmia College, Urmia, in 1864. He took a six years course encompassing the study of Oriental languages as Assyriac, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, in addition to Science and Theology.
After graduation in 1870, he was appointed to give instructions in Oriental languages in Urmia College until 1886 when he was called to the United States of America to assist in the revision of the Scriptures in Modern Assyriac under the auspices of the Bible Society. He entered the General Theological Seminary, New York, in 1888 and graduated in 1890. Dr. Youhannan founded the Oriental Mission and joined it to St. Bartholomews Church, New York. Bishop Potter of New York promoted him to the Holy orders of Priesthood in 1891.
In 1893, he entered the school of Philosophy of Columbia University to pursue his studies in some of the Semitic languages under Professor R.J.H. Gottheil, and Indo-Iranian under Professor A.V.W. Jackson. He received the degree of MA in 1895.
In 1895, he was appointed Lecturer in Modern Oriental languages at Columbia University, and was a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, his subjects being the Semitic and Indo-Iranian languages.
In 1900, he was still engaged in giving instructions in the Oriental languages in Columbia University, and was in-charge of the Oriental Mission of St. Bartholomews Church.
During this same year, he wrote a Modern Syriac-English Dictionary (the letter Allap alone consisted of 65 pages) which was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy, Columbia University.
His book The Death of a Nation or the Ever Persecuted Nestorians or Assyrian Christians was published in 1916. The book consists of 170 pages and 27 illustrations and a map. Another book written by Dr. Youhannan is titled A Church of Martyrs, published in 1917 by Putnams, New York.

Nineveh Magazine
March-April 1980, Vol. 3, No. 2

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Aug-12-2010 at 00:36 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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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

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