|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master/PhD|
|Recommended course combination||Block 1: Buddhism and Psychology, Laws in Antiquity|
Block 3: The Gentle Art of Helping, Responsible Research and Innovation Boot Camp
||22 July to 5 August
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Prof. Wido van Peursen
|Other lecturers||Prof. Wido van Peursen, HE Mor Polycarpus, Prof. Luk Van Rompay (Duke University), Prof. Alessandro Mengozzi (University of Turin), Prof. Heleen Murre-van den Berg (IVOC, Nijmegen) Dr. Dirk Bakker, Dr. Jan van Ginkel and others|
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, interactive seminars, excursion|
|Form(s) of assessment||Course portfolio|
One of the earliest translations of the Bible was a Syriac version, the Peshitta. Ever since, as well as generating a wealth of exegetical literature, a biblical perspective has permeated all aspects of Syriac culture and tradition. To this day its influence pervades Syriac linguistics, historiography, narrative literature, poetry and philosophy.
But whilst its importance has remained constant down the centuries, the Bible’s reception and interpretation has been reshaped continuously by the ever-changing challenges facing Syriac Christianity – from the dogmatic controversies in the early church, through the dramatic social and religious transformations in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab conquest to the growth of a diaspora community in Western countries in modern times.
This course introduces you to this fascinating biblical tradition under the guidance of top specialists from the Faculty of Theology at VU Amsterdam and guest lecturers. One of the highlights is the lecture by His Eminence Mor Polycarpus, Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands of the Syriac Orthodox Church. VU Amsterdam is a leading research centre on Syriac Christianity, and on related topics like Arabic literature, Christian-Muslim relations and ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. It also hosts the Peshitta Institute, an internationally renowned centre of expertise on Syriac Bible translations. Syriac Christians occupy their own unique place in the multicultural, multireligious society of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
This course does not require any knowledge of the Syriac language. All texts will be read in English translation.