The Syriac alphabet developed from the Aramaic alphabet and was used mainly to write the Syriac language from about the 2nd century BC. There are a number of different forms of the Syriac alphabet: Esṭrangelā (ܐܣܛܪܢܓܠܐ), Serṭā (ܣܪܛܐ) and Madnḥāyā (ܡܕܢܚܝܐ). (...)

Details of the Syriac alphabet and the Syriac/Aramaic language, which is spoken by about people in Iraq, Syria, Iran and a number of other countries.

Learn Aramaic: Aboon Dbashmayo -Our Lord's Prayer in Aramaic (Syriac)

Learn Aramaic: Aboon Dbashmayo -Our Lord's Prayer in Aramaic (Syriac)

Ephrem the Syrian was a Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century from the region of Syria. His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church. He has been called the most significant of all of the fathers of the Syriac-speaking church tradition.

Ephrem the Syrian was a Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century from the region of Syria. His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church. He has been called the most significant of all of the fathers of the Syriac-speaking church tradition.

The Arabic alphabet is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right to left, in a cursive style, and includes 28 letters. Because letters usually stand for consonants, it is classified as an abjad.  Time period: 400 to the present.  Parent systems: Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Nabataean.

The Arabic alphabet is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right to left,…

Syriac Language, Prayers, Alphabet

An 11th-century Syriac manuscript.

An Syriac manuscript. The Syriac language is a dialect of Middle Aramaic that was once spoken across much of the Fertile Crescent. Classical Syriac became a major literary language throughout the Middle East from the to the centuries,

Saint Ephrem of Syria. Ephrem the Syrian was a Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century from the region of Syria. His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint.

Saint Ephrem (June - Syrian deacon, poet, hymnist, Doctor of the Church, revered in East and West.

WISE DECISIONS: The ancient Rabban Hermizd Monastery, on a hill overlooking the northern village of al-Qosh, is a testament to the long history of Christians in Iraq. Stone walls leading up the hill are decorated with iconography, and the 7th-century monastery is covered with the ancient Syriac language, still spoken today by the people of al-Qosh. "Christians have been here in the Ninevah plains for thousands of years. It would be a tragedy if we just disappeared," said Athra Kado, a local…

Menaced By War, An Ancient Christian Village In Iraq Returns To Life

Christian symbols and text written in ancient Syrian at the Rabban Hermzid Monastery in al-Qosh, Iraq. A beautiful symbol of coexistence, I think, and striking for me as an American Catholic. It's a good one from NPR!

Syriac began as an unwritten spoken dialect of Old Aramaic in northern Mesopotamia. Syriac is a dialect of Middle Aramaic that was once spoken across much of the Fertile Crescent. Having first appeared as a script in the 1st century AD after being spoken as an unwritten language for five centuries, Classical Syriac became a major literary language throughout the Middle East from the 4th to the 8th centuries, the classical language of Edessa, preserved in a large body of Syriac literature.

The Eerie Beauty of Rare Alphabets

Endangered Alphabets: Syriac, an ancient Middle Eastern language, is a derivative of Aramaic

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic

Bible, Paul's Epistle to the Romans, in Syriac, decorated manuscript on vellum [Near East, late fifth or early sixth century]

Bible, Paul's Epistle to the Romans, in Syriac, decorated manuscript on vellum [Near East, late fifth or early sixth century]

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