The Sacraments Give Us a Collective Identity

The Sacraments Give Us a Collective Identity

What It Means to Be in Christ

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The sacraments, much like the issue of personal identity, are subject to debate and confusion. Numerous catechisms ask, “What is a sacrament?”—a question that leads some Christians

Open Access Journal: Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies


Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies is an electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Syriac tradition, published semi-annually (in January and July) by Beth Mardutho.

The Syriac World: In Search of a Forgotten Christianity

The Syriac World: In Search of a Forgotten Christianity



Francoise Briquel Chatonnet and Muriel Debie. The Syriac World: In Search of a Forgotten Christianity. Translated by Jeffrey Haines. Yale University Press, 2023.

Role of Syriac culture in religious history focus of exhibit

(The St. Thomas Cross is a symbol of the shared heritage among the many Syriac denominations in India. (Vanderbilt University))

The rich Syriac culture, which has faced continued threats of extinction due to ongoing strife in countries such as Syria and Iraq, is featured in an exhibit at Vanderbilt’s Cohen Memorial Hall.

“Syriac: Preserving an Endangered World Culture,” which is free and open to the public through March 2, showcases the presence of Syriac culture around the globe.

The Syriac language is a dialect of Aramaic used extensively by Christians in the Middle East.

“Syriac was one of the most widely used languages in ancient and medieval culture for more than a thousand years,” said David A. Michelson, assistant professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is also an affiliate assistant professor of classical and Mediterranean studies in the College of Arts and Science. “Syriac culture is very important for understanding key moments in the development and intersection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”


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Christian Musicological Society of India is an international forum for interdisciplinary research, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge, on the music, art and dance of about thirty million Christians in India, who belong to a diverse set of communities and linguistic groups and follow a variety of liturgical traditions some of which date back to the early Christian era. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Joseph J. Palackal CMI, the Society hopes that such researches will draw attention to the lesser known aspects of India in connection with the rest of the world.


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