Monday, 28 February 2011

Early Syrian Christian Literature digitised

180 rare Syrian Christian documents in the possession of Mar Aprem Mooken of the Church of the East have been digitized. The project was undertaken by the St Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute, Kerala, headed by Mar Aprem, in collaboration with Kerala state's communist government adn the Central European University in Budapest.

Among these documents is a facsimile edition of the canon law practised by St Thomas Christians. (Mar Aprem said the original had disappeared 7 centuries ago.) The law was compiled by Metropolitan Abdisho Bar Brikha of Nisibis and Armenia, a province of the Church of the East, in 1291. Istva Prczel of the Budapest University edited the revived text.

("Ancient Texts get Digital Touch," The Examiner [Mumbai] 162/9 [26 February 2011] 20-21.)

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