Dionysius Bar Ṣalībī’s Treatise Against the Jews

Edited and Translated with Notes and Commentary


Dionysius Bar Ṣalībī’s Treatise against the Jews offers rare and illuminating insight into Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations during the Crusader era, not from the perspective of western Crusaders, but from the frequently neglected viewpoint of the oriental orthodox tradition. Bar Ṣalībī, a distinguished hierarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church, lived in a turbulent time of heightened tensions in the Levant. The Treatise against the Jews, which forms part of the corpus of Syriac Polemical Works, investigates the prejudices of Christians and Jews towards each other during the 12 century AD.This edition and translation is based on all the available manuscripts of the text, accompanied by extensive introductions, notes and commentary as well as studies of its place in the field of Syriac Patristic Polemics.

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Rifaat Y. Ebied is Emeritus Professor of Semitic Studies at the University of Sydney. He has published extensively in the field of Semitic Studies generally and on Christian Arabic and Syriac Studies as well as Christian-Muslim relations in particular, most recently The Polemical Works of ‘Alī al-Ṭabarī (with David Thomas) (Brill, 2016). Malki Malki is the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand. He has published translations and a number of articles on the Bible, Liturgy and Syriac language, most recently Patriarch Ignatius Bar Wahīb’s (d. 1333) Treatise on the Six Letters that have Two Sounds (with Rifaat Ebied) (2017). Lionel R. Wickham † was curate at Boston, Lincs, UK; formerly Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His publications included many articles and editions in the field of Patristics, most recently his highly regarded Select Letters of Cyril of Alexandria (OUP, 1983).
Specialists in Christian-Jewish relations, historians of Christian Apologetics and Biblical studies, scholars and students interested in Syriac Polemical studies, especially during Crusades’ times.
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