Academic Interests


    I am a translator, teacher/tutor, language consultant, and writer. Most of my academic experience and interests relate to the multilingual mycelium of late ancient literary survival. Most recently (2017-21), I taught various languages and literatures of late antiquity at the University of Notre Dame. In these four years I taught Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Hebrew, Gǝʕǝz, Jewish Aramaic dialects, and Old Turkic at various levels.

    Prior to that (2015-17), I worked on Syriac and other texts in in an ERC-funded project (Reassessing Ninth Century Philosophy: A Synchronic Approach to the Logical Traditions) based at the Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik at Univeristy of Vienna. From 2010 to 2015 I cataloged Syriac and Arabic/Garšūnī  manuscripts for the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s Univeristy.

    My graduate work (2002-09) centered on Semitic languages, and secondarily late ancient Greek and Latin texts. My dissertation is a close philological study of the Syriac translation of a Greek philosophical text, the ps-Aristotelian De mundo. At this time I also worked for the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon (CAL) project with my advisor, Stephen Kaufman.

    My publications include articles on philological topics, translations, and a Festschrift. While at HMML, I published about 300 blog posts at hmmlorientalia that deal with manuscripts, Syriac, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian, etc.

    I give language and text/reading courses online for individuals or (small) groups in any kind of Aramaic (incl. Syriac), pre-modern Arabic (incl. Garšūnī and Judeo-Arabic), old/classical Georgian, old/classical Armenian, all dialects of Coptic (Bohairic, Sahidic, etc.), biblical and rabbinic Hebrew, Gǝʕǝz/Ethiopic, Old Uyghur/Turkic, Latin, and Greek (up to Byzantine). In addition, I am available for manuscript cataloging, translation, and other consulting work for these and other languages.


    Ph.D., Hebraic & Cognate Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio (2009)

    Other Publications


    2017. Editor, Studies in Ethiopian Languages, Literature, and History: Festschrift for Getatchew Haile, Aethiopistische Forschungen 83 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz). isbn 978-3-447-10848-5.

    2014. Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on Jesus’ Temptation, The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 38 (Piscataway: Gorgias Press). isbn 978-1-4632-0285-9.

    2013. The Story of Mar Pinḥas, Persian Martyr Acts in Syriac: Text and Translation 2 (Piscataway: Gorgias Press). isbn 978-1-4632-0217-0.

    2009. A Greek and Syriac Index to Sergius of Reshaina’s Version of the De Mundo (Piscataway: Gorgias Press). isbn 978-1-60724-583-4.

    2009. Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on Simon Peter, when our Lord said, ‘Get behind me, Satan’, The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug / Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 26 (Piscataway: Gorgias Press). isbn 978-1-60724-214-7.

    some articles

    2021. “Poetized Hagiography: The Martyrdoms of Jacob the Persian & Tahmizgard in Syriac Story & Song.” In Flavia Ruani and Sergey Minov, eds., Syriac Hagiography: Texts and Beyond. Brill. Pages 223-256.

    2020. “Adoration of the Magi.” In Tony Burke, ed., New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, vol. 2. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Pages 3-12.

    2019. “Two languages, two scripts, three combinations: A (personal?) prayer-book in Syriac and Old Uyghur from Turfan (U 338).” Ancient Jew Review. May 14, 2019.

    2018. “Notes and Colophons of Scribes and Readers in Georgian Biblical Manuscripts from Saint Catherine’s Monastery (Sinai)”. In Liv Ingeborg Lied and Marilena Maniaci, eds. Bible as Notepad: Tracing Annotations and Annotation Practices in Late Antique and Medieval Biblical Manuscripts. Manuscripta Biblica 3. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter. Pages 111-124.

    2017. “A New Gǝʿǝz Text on Adam and the Judgement of the Angels (Gundä Gunde 177).” In Adam Carter McCollum, ed. Studies in Ethiopian Languages, Literature, and History: Festschrift for Getatchew Haile. Äthiopistische Forschungen 83. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. Pages 431-446.

    2017. “Epiphanian Literature Beyond Greek: The Multilingual Textual Afterlives of Epiphanius.” Ancient Jew Review. May 2, 2017.

    2015. “A Newly Identified Old Georgian Witness to the Greek Homily CPG 4622 at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library”. Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin 1 (2015): 85-93.

    2015. “On Judeo-Persian Language and Literature | Part Two: Texts and Bibliography.” Ancient Jew Review. August 26, 2015.

    2015. “On Judeo-Persian Language and Literature | Part One: State of the Field.” Ancient Jew Review. August 19, 2015.

    2015. “Greek Literature in the Christian East: Translations into Syriac, Georgian, and Armenian”. Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 3 (2015): 15-65.

    2015. “The Rejoicing Sailor and the Rotting Hand: Two Formulas in Syriac and Arabic Colophons, with Related Phenomena in Some Other Languages.” Hugoye 18 (2015): 67-93.

    2014. “The Application of Thought to Language Learning: An Experiment in the Study of Old Georgian.” In Basil Lourié et al., eds. Memorial Volume for Shalva Nutsubidze. Leiden: Brill. Pages 344-373.

    2014. “Garšūnī as it Is: Some Observations from Reading East and West Syriac Manuscripts.” Hugoye 17 (2014): 215-235.

    2013. “Prolegomena to a New Edition of Eliya of Nisibis’ Kitāb al-turjuman fi taʿlīm luġat al-suryān.” Journal of Semitic Studies 58 (2013): 297-322.

    2012. “Remarks on Recent Cataloging Efforts among Syriac Manuscripts Preserved at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.” Hugoye 15 (2012): 345-365.

    2012. “A Syriac Fragment from The Cause of All Causes on the Pillars of Hercules.” ISAW Papers 5.

    2011. “Sergius of Reshaina as Translator: The Case of the De Mundo.” In Josef Lössl and John W. Watt, eds. Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity: The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition between Rome and Baghdad. Ashgate. Pages 165-178.

    2010. “An Arabic Scholion to Gen 9:18-21 (Noah’s Drunkenness) attributed to Philoxenos of Mabbug.” Hugoye 13 (2010): 125-148.

    2010. “The Martyrdom of Theonilla in Syriac.” Analecta Bollandiana 128 (2010): 312-328.

    2010. “What Does Syriac masparta Mean?” Le Muséon 123 (2010): 193-202.

    2009. “A Puzzling Verb in the Syriac Version of Gregory of Nyssa’s De Anima et Resurrectione.” Aramaic Studies 7 (2009): 19-26.

    2006. “Recent Studies on the Jewish Northeastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects.” Jewish Quarterly Review 96 (2006): 569-577.

    some book reviews

    2018. Altuigurische Texte der Kirche des Ostens aus Zentralasien, by Peter Zieme. Sehepunkte.

    2018. Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Angels and Biblical Heroes, by Michael E. Stone. Review of Biblical Literature.

    2016. The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the “People of the Book” in the Language of Islam, by Sidney H. Griffith. Journal of the American Oriental Society 136 (2016): 452-455.

    2016. The Ancient Martyrdom Accounts of Peter and Paul, by David L. Eastman. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.04.10.

    2015. The Sasanian World through Georgian Eyes. Caucasia and the Iranian Commonwealth in Late Antique Georgian Literature, by Stephen H. Rapp Jr. Sehepunkte 15.9 (2015).

    2013. Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Abraham, by Michael E. Stone. Review of Biblical Literature. Dec. 17, 2013.

    2013. The Sentences of Sextus, by Walter T. Wilson. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.08.45.

    2013. The Semitic Languages, edited by Stefan Weninger. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 36. Linguist List Jan. 8, 2013.

    2012. A Grammar of Qumran Aramaic, by Takamitsu Muraoka. Review of Biblical Literature Oct. 4, 2012.

    2012. Semitic Studies in Victorian Britain: A portrait of William Wright and his world through his letters, by Bernhard Maier. Hugoye 15 (2012): 186-190.

    2009. Aristotelian Meteorology in Syriac by Hidemi Takahashi. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 99 (2009): 419-21.

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