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This photograph shows a Syriac Christian family from Persia (modern Iran), perhaps at the end of the 19th century. In this period, Syriac communities (under a variety of names including Assyrian, Aramean, and Chaldean) were widespread across the…

This modern brass oil lamp from Kerala, India is used for light during celebration of the “Divine Mysteries” (the Sunday Eucharistic worship service). Similar oil lamps can be traced back to the Syriac churches of Late Antiquity. Fire holds deep…

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Traditional East Syriac design

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In the 16th century, western interest in Syriac Christianity began to grow. Beginning with editions of the Syriac Bible, publishers sought out and printed Syriac texts as witnesses to the early history of Christianity. A variety of lead type fonts…
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