The publication of this Concordance to the Syriac New Testament (Peshitta) is a landmark in Syriac scholarship. It fills a lacuna in the field which has long been felt by Syriac scholars. George Kiraz's new computer-generated Concordance (in vocalized serto script) is based on the standard British and Foreign Bible Society's edition of 1920, and will at once take its place as an essential reference tool for New Testament and for Syriac studies.
Notably, it marks a very successful union of Syriac scholarship with the 'Electronic Age', specifically the field of Linguistic Computing, since the author has academic qualifications in both computer engineering and Syriac studies.
Finally, it witnesses the very welcome alliance of Syrian Orthodox and Western academic scholarship. It is designed to be of service not only to western scholars and students, but also to clergy and laity of the Syriac churches, for whom the Peshitta is their 'Authorized Version.'
George Anton Kiraz holds an M.St. degree in Syriac Studies from the University of Oxford, under Dr Sebastian Brock, and an M.Phil. in Computer Speech and Language Processing from the University of Cambridge. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at Cambridge.
This marathon enterprise succeeds where earlier comparable efforts have failed or fallen short...' J.K. Elliott,
Novum Testamentum, 1994. '
...ausgezeichnete und seit langem entbehrte Hilfsmittel.' Hubert Kaufhold,
Oriens Christianus, 1994. '
This is a most welcome addition to the tools available to the Syriac scholar.' A.G. Salvesen,
BSOAS, 1994. '
This work is undoubtedly one of the finest fruits to date from the application of computer technology to Semitic Studies.' John F. Healey,
Journal of Semitic Studies, 1995. '
This publication is a milestone in biblical and Syriac studies. Biblical and Syriac studies are the beneficiaries of the singular blend of familiarity with computers and Syriac studies found in George Kiraz. Marvelous, simply marvelous!' William L. Petersen,
Journal of Biblical Literature, 1995.
Biblical scholars, especially those who work on the text and exegesis of the early versions, and scholars concerned with Syriac language and Syriac patristics. Academic libraries and institutions with holdings in Biblical or Semitic studies.