New Publication: Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints

Posted by on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in Publications. is pleased to announce the release of a new online publication:

Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints

Photo Credit: “Three Patriarchs in Paradise in the Monastery of St Moses (Syria).” Paul van Moorsel Centre for Christian Art and Culture. Image provided by Paul van Moorsel Centre for Christian Art and Culture, VU Universiteit Amsterdam under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, Marquette University
David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University

Qadishe (from the Syriac word meaning “saints”) is a scholarly catalogue of over one thousand persons venerated in the Syriac Christian traditions. Qadishe includes entries for saints native to the Syriac-speaking milieu as well as for biblical figures and saints from other linguistic or cultural traditions who were appropriated into Syriac religious memory. Individual descriptions of each saint include name variants (in Syriac as well as translation), biographical information such as death dates and related persons, and bibliographies of primary and secondary literature including accounts of the saint’s life. For places and texts associated with a saint, Qadishe provides references to related information in The Syriac Gazetteer and the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica.

Qadishe is freely available online as the first volume of The Syriac Biographical Dictionary. Readers can browse entries online, download the entire publication in TEI XML, create permanent links to other digital publications, and offer editorial revisions through Gateway to the Syriac Saints:

“With its focus on the cult of saints and its literary expression in hagiography, this database offers a new perspective on the richly textured world of Syriac Christianity.”
—Claudia Rapp, Vorstand, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Universität Wien

An information flyer may be downloaded here: Qadishe: Guide to Syriac Saints Flyer 2016

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