New PhD Dissertation in Syriac Liturgical Theology


30 September 2013: Lebanon: On the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14th, 2013), and the thirty third anniversary of the Apostolic Enthronement of His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, Dr. Ephrem (Aboud Hanna Ishac ) presented a copy of his PhD dissertation to His Holiness, ” Mor Jacob of Edessa’s Anaphora: a Critical Liturgical Study, and a Comparative Linguistic Analysis”, asking His Holiness’ apostolic blessing.

Dr. Ephrem defended his PhD thesis on July 5th 2013 and got a doctorate degree in Syriac liturgical theology at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Institute of Liturgy, (summa cum laude)! He presented his dissertation with a hope that this academic work would be like a humble prayer and a little condolence during the absence of His Eminence Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (whom Dr. Ephrem used to serve as His Eminence’ secretary for many years in the Archdiocese of Aleppo), on a hope that the two abducted bishops come back soon.

Dr. Ephrem wrote on his dissertation to His Holiness, that he remains always faithful to serve the Holy Church taking St. Ephrem the Syrian as an example for his spiritual ministry, through diaconia and the theological research life. He is travelling soon to Graz University – Austria, for a postdoctoral research on the Syriac Anaphoras, which he is intending to focus on throughout his liturgical academic life.


About SOCMNet

SOCMNet is an internet platform of Malankara Jacobite Syriac Christians (Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church - under the Holy See of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.). According to tradition, Christianity in India was established by St. Thomas, who arrived in Malankara (Kerala) from Edessa in A.D. 52. The Church in Malankara has had close ties with the Church in the Near East ever since. The ties between the Church in Malankara and the Near East formalized and strengthen by, when under the leadership of the merchant Thomas of Cana and 72 families (around 400 odd persons comprising men, women and children, reached Cragananore (Kodungalloore). The group consisted of the Bishop Mor Joseph of Edessa as well as some priests and deacons traveled and migrated to India and met Christians there by AD 345. The church in Malankara is an integral part of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church with the Patriarch of Antioch [His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas] as its supreme head. The local head of the church in Malankara is the Catholicose of India [His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I], ordained by and accountable to the Patriarch of Antioch. The web sites in the SOCMNet are not official web sites of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Malankara, even though the Owners, Moderators and Webmasters owe allegiance to the hierarchy of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. However, opinions and responses of the Church leadership are posted here.
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