Florilegia Syriaca: Mapping a Knowledge-Organizing Practice in the Syriac World


From the 6th century onwards, Syriac patristic florilegia – collections of Greek patristic excerpts in Syriac translation – progressively became a prominent form through which Syriac and Arab Christians shaped their knowledge of theology. In these collections, early Greek Christian literature underwent a substantial process of selection and re-organization. The papers collected in this volume study Syriac florilegia in their own right, as cultural products possessing their own specific textuality, and outline a phenomenology of Syriac patristic florilegia by mapping their diffusion and relevance in time and space, from the 6th to the 17th century, from the Roman Empire to China.
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Emiliano Fiori, PhD (2010), University of Bologna - École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, is Associate Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Principal Investigator of the ERC Project “FLOS. Florilegia Syriaca”. He is the author of many publications on phenomena of knowledge transfer from Greek to Syriac, especially of the edition Dionigi Areopagita. Nomi divini, Teologia Mistica, Epistole. La versione siriaca di Sergio di Resh‘ayna (VI secolo), Louvain 2014.

Bishara Ebeid, PhD (2014 and 2019), Pontificio Istituto Orientale and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is Assistant Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has published extensively on Syriac and Christian Arabic authors, including the monograph La tunica di Al-Masīḥ. La Cristologia della grandi confessioni cristiane dell’Oriente nel X e XI secolo, Roma 2018.
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1 Syriac Florilegia and Patristic Christianity beyond East and West
Emiliano Fiori

2 An Unpublished Syriac Collection of the Old Testament Testimonia against the Jews from the Early Islamic Period
Sergey Minov

3 Tongues on a Golden Mouth: The Transition from Scholia to Florilegia as Evidenced in a Sixth-Century Syriac Chrysostom Manuscript
Yonatan Moss

4 Heresiology and Florilegia: The Reception of Epiphanius of Salamis’ Panarion and Ephrem the Syrian’s Prose Refutations and Hymns against Heresies
Flavia Ruani

5 A Geological Approach to Syriac Miaphysite Christology (Sixth-Ninth Centuries): Detours of a Patristic Florilegium from Antioch to Tagrit
Emiliano Fiori

6 Patristic Tradition, Trinitarian Doctrine, and Metaphysics in Abū Rāʾiṭah al-Takrītī’s Polemics against the Melkites
Bishara Ebeid

7 Beyond Abbreviation: The Reception of Gregory of Nyssa, Severus of Antioch, and the Song of Songs in a Syriac Exegetical Collection (BL Add. 12168)
Marion Pragt

8 A Syriac Monk’s Reading of Ephrem of Nisibis: A Perspective on Syriac Monastic Miscellanies
Grigory Kessel

9 Meandering through Monastic Miscellanies from Turfan to Iraq: First Remarks on the Comparison of Sogdian Manuscript E28 with Syriac Ascetic Collections Referable to It
Vittorio Berti

10 The Shining Lamp: An Arabic Florilegium of Conciliar Texts
Herman G.B. Teule

Index of Ancient Authors and Works
Index of Manuscripts
Index of Modern Authors
Scholars (post-graduate students, lecturers, and professors) of Early Christian Studies, Patristics, History of Christianity, Eastern Christian Studies, Syriac Studies, Christian Arabic Studies, Byzantine Studies; possibly also Islamic Studies, especially History of Islamic Philosophy, and Jewish Studies.
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