"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Christians of the Middle East

In the last 12-18 months alone, at least four major books have appeared on the fate of Christians in the Middle East, and an earlier volume, freshly updated, is set to be released later this year. All five will be reviewed in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies in the next year or so by competent scholars in the field, and I will have more to say about each later. The first to be reviewed is

R.B. Ter Haar Romeny, ed., Religious Origins of Nations? The Christian Communities of the Middle East (Brill, 2009), 366pp.

Most of the articles actually focus on Syrian/Syriac realities, and so I asked the great Syriac scholar of Oxford, Sebastian Brock to review this for Logos, and his review will appear in 2011.

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