#1449

2014-10-16

Preserving Culture in War: Aramaic, part 2

With George Kiraz

We continue our series of conversations focusing on the cultural ravages of the fighting in the Middle East in part two of an interview on Aramaic. The language has been spoken for more than 2,000 years in the region, and was the language that Jesus spoke (at least one of them). Today, ancient communities that have spoken Aramaic for thousands of years are being uprooted and forced to flee for their lives. What will happen to our ability to explore biblical understanding through this door of language if Aramaic culture is extinguished? We explore this issue with George Kiraz, the founder of Gorgias Press and Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institite.

tags: Syriac Aramaic

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#1448

2014-10-08

Preserving Culture in War: Aramaic

With George Kiraz

We continue our series of conversations focusing on the cultural ravages of the fighting in the Middle East by turning to the topic of Aramaic. The language has been spoken for more than 2,000 years in the region, and was the language that Jesus spoke (at least one of them). Today, ancient communities that have spoken Aramaic for thousands of years are being uprooted and forced to flee for their lives. What will happen to our ability to explore biblical understanding through this door of language if Aramaic culture is extinguished? We explore this issue with George Kiraz, the founder of Gorgias Press and Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institite.

tags: Syriac Aramaic

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#1447

2014-10-01

Preserving Culture in War, part 3

With Katharyn Hanson

We resume our conversations with American archaeologists who are working to help Iraqis and Syrians preserve their cultural heritage in the midst of the fighting that continues to wreak havoc and destruction in the area that has often been called the cradle of civilization. This week’s program features Katharyn Hanson, a University of Chicago grad who has been working with the Archaeological Site Preservation Program at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Irbil, Iraq.

tags: Iraq Syria Irbil Katharyn Hanson

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#1445

2014-09-09

Omrit, Polycarp & Battir

With Clyde Billington

Three more news items discussed from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine: an Assyrian seal discovered at Omrit in northern Israel, completely out of context in a Roman temple; the excavation of the theater where the martyrdom of Polycarp took place; and the preservation of ancient agricultural terraces in the region around Jerusalem.

tags: Seal Assyrian Battir Izmir Polycarp Roman temple Roman theater Smyrna terraces

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#1442

2014-08-21

Preserving Culture in War, part 2

With Brian Daniels, Corine Wegener

More from Brian Daniels on efforts to preserve the culture of our civilization in the midst of the war in Syria and Iraq, joined by Corine Wegener, relaying her experiences as an Army Reserve officer and a Smithsonian Institute employee.

tags: Iraq Syria Byzantine mosaics

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