Author Archives: H.L. Murre - van den Berg

#0 Transformations

Almost three years ago I posted my last blog here. From then on, my days were spent with (admin) matters that left little time and energy for writing, but since a month or so, I’m located at the Institute of … Continue reading

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Two recent books on the history of the Church of the East

Li Tang, East Syriac Christianity in Mongol-Yuan China (Orientalia Biblica et Christiana 18; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011) (Review to appear in BIOR) David Wilmshurst, The Martyred Church: A History of the Church of the East (London, East & West Publishing, 2011), … Continue reading

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Ariel Sabar: My Father’s Paradise

Ariel Sabar, My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Family’s Past (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008) Yona Sabar is one of those dear colleagues whose presence always put a smile on my face. Though some time has passed … Continue reading

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Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage

Early this year it finally became available: the Encylopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage. It treats the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, their Catholic off-shoots, the Syrian Catholic and the Chaldean Church, as well as … Continue reading

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A 1500-year old Aramaic bible in Ankara (Turkey)?

Last week, the Turkish press made much of a bible reportedly recovered from smugglers, supposedly 1500 years old, and now, fortunately, in the possession of the ethnographic museum of Ankara. The language of the text is said to be Aramaic, the ‘language … Continue reading

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Colleges voorjaarssemester / Courses Spring semester

Drie bachelorcolleges die voor dit voorjaar op de rol staan (vanaf week 6) Geschiedenis van het christendom: Een brede inleiding in de geschiedenis van het wereldwijde christendom, in oost en west, noord en zuid, orthodox, katholiek, protestants en pinkster. Zie … Continue reading

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Arabic and its Alternatives: Religious Minorities in the Formative Years of the Modern Middle East (1920-1950)

Picture: Ceiling of the Church of Mary, Reginae Palaestinae, Deir Rafat, Israel Last December, the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research decided to fund a research project that I submitted together with Dr. Karene Sanchez from the Leiden Centre for Linguistics … Continue reading

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Arabisch of iets anders? Joden en christenen in het moderne Midden-Oosten (1920-1950)

Afgelopen december heeft de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek mij een subsidie toegekend om het onderstaande onderzoeksproject uit te gaan voeren. Ik zal dat gaan doen samen met dr. Karene Sanchez van het Leids Centrum voor Taalkunde (LUCL), een specialist op het gebied … Continue reading

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Why are the clerical scuffles in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem world news?

In my Dutch blog (see below) I started to answer this question but got side tracked in explaining why these scuffles are indeed interesting: as part of the boundary skirmishes that ritually take place before and during important events in … Continue reading

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Waarom is een klerikale vechtpartij in de Geboortekerk (Bethlehem) wereldnieuws?

Niet echt nodig om een linkje naar het filmpje bij te voegen: elke zichzelf respecterende nieuwssite heeft op dit moment een filmpje met de monikken die elkaar vandaag in de Geboortekerk met bezems te lijf gingen. Mediageniek, dat zeker. Goed … Continue reading

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