Neglected Mentions of John the Baptist and Mandaeans in Syriac and Aramaic Sources?

abbycraig (Posted by) Level 3
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Several sources online have highlighted a new resource related to the study of Syriac literature: the Digital Syriac Corpus.

As illustration of what is available, here is the beginning of Narsai’s work “On John the Baptist” so that you can see what happens when you copy and paste from the site:

Text - Hyperlinks - Word - Resource - Deal

As you can see from the fairly clear text that has pasted, and from the hyperlinks in each word if you follow them, it is a very flexible resource with a great deal of additional lexical and other information just a click away.

In this context I can mention that I’ve begun work on one of my next big book projects, which relates to the historical John the Baptist and the question of whether we can usefully bring the Mandaeans and their texts into the picture. I think that the answer to that question is yes, but obviously will need to make that case in detail. Some of the groundwork, however, has already been laid in a work that is soon to appear, and I think that scholars of ancient religion (as well as Semitic linguistics)...
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