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Lucas Van Rompay, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and Duke Middle East Studies Center

Lucas Van Rompay

Religion, history, and culture of Christian communities in the Middle East, from Late Antiquity to the present day. Most of my work relates to the Syriac (i.e., Aramaic) Christian tradition, but I am also interested in Armenian, Coptic, Arabic, and Ethiopic Christianity. Additional research interests, which also inform my teaching, include: (1) Aramaic languages and literatures (as used by Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, and Samaritans); (2) the interaction between Judaism and Christianity throughout history.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  216 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3523
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://middleeaststudies.duke.edu/~rompay

Education:

Ph.D.Catholic University of Leuven - Belgium1976
Specialties:

Christianity
Research Interests: Syriac and Eastern Christianity.

Current projects: (1) catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in the 'Monastery of the Syrians' (Wadi al-Natrun, Egypt) (co-authored with S.P. Brock, Oxford University), (2) catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in Duke Special Collections Library (co-authored with A.M. Butts, University of Chicago)

Religion, history, and culture of Christian communities in the Middle East, from Late Antiquity to the present day. Most of my work relates to the Syriac (i.e., Aramaic) Christian tradition, but I am also interested in Armenian, Coptic, Arabic, and Ethiopic Christianity. Additional research interests, which also inform my teaching, include: (1) Aramaic languages and literatures (as used by Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, and Samaritans); (2) the interaction between Judaism and Christianity throughout history.

Keywords:

Arab countries • History • Reference • Religion • Semitic philology

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Van Rompay, L, Bardaisan and Mani in Philoxenus of Mabbog’s Mēmrē against Habbib, in Syriac Polemics. Studies in Honour of Gerrit Jan Reinink, edited by Bekkum, WJ; Drijvers, JW; Klugkist, AC (November, 2014), pp. 77-90, Peeters
  2. Van Rompay, L, Le Commentaire sur Gen. – Ex. 9,32 du manuscrit (olim) Diyarbakir 22 et l’exégèse syrienne orientale du 8ème au 10ème siècle, Orientalia Christiana Analecta, vol. 205 (November, 2014), pp. 113-123
  3. Van Rompay, L; Brock, SP, Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts and Fragments in the Library of Deir al-Surian, Wadi al-Natrun (Egypt), vol. 227 (2014), Peeters [available here]
  4. Rompay, LV, Dayr al-Suryan: l’esperienza siro-ortodossa in Egitto, in L’eredità religiosa e culturale dei Siri-occidentali tra VI et IX secolo. Atti del 6° Incontro sull’Oriente Cristiano di tradizione siriaca. Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, 25 maggio 2007, edited by Vergani, E; Chialà, S (2012), pp. 73-89, ISBN 978-88-8025-772-1
  5. Rompay, LV, Review of A. Harrak, Syriac and Garshuni Inscriptions of Iraq, Syria, vol. 89 (2012), pp. 448-451


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