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Rev. Samuel Dinkha

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 03:37 PM CT

Reverend Samuel Dinkha was born in Habbaniya, Iraq in 1943. His appreciation for languages began with mastering the Assyrian language under the instruction of his uncle Oushalim Benjamin. Later, Rev. Dinkha studied Aramaic as well as liturgics and theology under the late Archdeacon Akhiqar Haji.

In 1964 he graduated from the Teacher's Institute in Iraq and taught for approximately 15 years. In 1969 Rev. Dinkha was ordained a deacon and continued to be involved in several literary endeavors in Baghdad, Iraq.

In 1973 he became a member of the Editorial Board for Syriac Text Books, the Syriac Academy Journal as well as the "Mordinna Atoraya", the Intellect Assyrian magazine. Moreover, Rev. Dinkha was the Secretary for the Syriac Speaking Writers from 1974 through 1977.

Rev. Dinkha was always very involved with his community: teaching Assyrian at the Mar Gewargis Assyrian Church of the East in Dora and Baghdad, participating in poetry reading conferences in Baghdad, Kirkuk and Basrah and producing radio and television educational programs from 1973 through 1977.

In 1979 Rev. Dinkha and his family relocated to the United States and settled in Chicago, Illinois. In 1980 he was ordained a priest and pastored at the Mar Gewargis Assyrian Church of the East. In 1985 Rev. Dinkha and his family moved to San Jose, California where he is currently pastoring at the Mar Yosip Assyrian Church of the East.

Rev. Dinkha received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology in San Jose, CA and has published several articles in various Assyrian journals in Iraq and the United States. He has published the following literary works in Modern Syriac (Assyrian):

  1. A Guide to Correct Spelling in Modern Assyrian, 1975, 1989
  2. The Basic Objectives of the Feasts in the Assyrian Church of the East, available in Assyrian and English, 1986
  3. Ushering in the Assyrian Church of the East, available in Assyrian and English, 1986
  4. The Epic of Gilgamish (translated from Aramaic), 1990
  5. A Commentary on the Sacrament of the Holy Offering ("Qorbana Qaddisha"), 1991
  6. A Short History of the Modern Assyrian Literature, 1840-1990, 2 Volumes, 1991
  7. The Teaching of Addai the Apostle, 1991
  8. Poems dedicated to: Land, Man and Life, 1994

Rev. Samuel Dinkha is currently working on his new book entitled "Qoo'la'se - Venerations: A Collection of more than 100 Spiritual Songs and Hymns".

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