CUA Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures

and Ph.D. degrees. The department offers more different forms of Aramaic than any other program in North America.

Part of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures offers two programs - Ancient Near East and Christian Near East studies - that lead to M.A. Students in Ancient Near East studies focus on the languages of the Hebrew Bible (Hebrew and Aramaic) with considerable course work in other Ancient Near Eastern languages. Students in Christian Near Ea

04/26/2024

Kevin Ball successfully defended his dissertation entitled "The Parables of Matthew in the East Syriac Exegetical Tradition". Congratulations Dr. Ball!

04/26/2024

Mehari Worku successfully defended his dissertation entitled "15th-century Ethiopian Orthodox Ecclesiology in Giyorgis of Sägla’s Mäṣhafä Mǝsṭir." Congratulations Dr. Worku!

04/26/2024

Last week was a busy week in the Semitics department, as we had three students successfully defend their dissertations. I'm going to post them in separate posts, because I'm not really adept at Facebook.

The first student is Jamie Duguid, whose dissertation is entitled "Metaphors for Nothingness in Isaiah 40-66". Congratulations Dr. Duguid!

Photos from CUA Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures's post 04/02/2024

I apologize for the late posting, but the CUA Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures was so very happy to host Prof. Tawny Holm of the Pennsylvania State University on January 31st for the 11th Annual Hyvernat Lecture. She enlightened us all on the topic "Wandering Aramaic: Western Dialect(s) in Papyrus Amherst 63".

01/30/2024

Congratulations to Paul Major for successfully defending his dissertation, entitled “Prepositional Protoscenes, Non-Spatial Extensions, and the Biblical Hebrew Verb KPR”.

Congratulations Dr. Major!

01/30/2024

Congratulations to Lance Martin for successfully defending his dissertation, entitled “The Syriac Life of Shenoute: Text and Context”.

Congratulations Dr. Martin!

10/30/2023

Dr. Christian Askeland, Senior Researcher at the Museum of the Bible, delivered the 2023 Annual Bellet Lecture at the Catholic University of America. The lecture, which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, was entitled "Fakes, Forgeries, and Felonies: Cautionary Tales Related to Greek and Coptic Papyri"

09/13/2022
06/20/2022

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Butts, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Early Christian Studies and Associate Professor in the Semitics Department, that his and Simcha Gross’s volume The History of the 'Slave of Christ’: From Jewish Child to Christian Martyr was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2022 Mediterranean Seminar Prize for the Best Source Edition, Book Translation, or Essay Collection.

05/01/2022

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Butts, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Early Christian Studies and Associate Professor in the Semitics Department, on the publication of his pedagogical reference work, Ethiopic Paradigms. A Summary of Classical Ethiopic (Gǝˁǝz) Morphology (Leuven: Peeters, 2022).

https://www.peeters-leuven.be/detail.php?search_key=9789042944862

04/24/2022

Congratulations to Ibrahim Sulaiman Alothaim for successfully defending his dissertation, entitled “A Linguistic Analysis of the Garshuni of MS. Jerusalem, Monastery of St. Mark 199 (1732-1733)”.

Congratulations Dr. Alothaim!

02/15/2022

Congratulations to Morgan Reed for successfully defending his dissertation, entitled “Translation Technique in the Pesh*tta of the Book of the XII”. Congratulations Dr. Reed!

10/13/2021

Congratulations to Alison Jones Tsukada for successfully defending her dissertation, entitled "Onomastic Studies for the Women of the Hebrew Bible". Pardon the lack of a headshot for Alison, but she had important business to attend (ask me about it if you're curious) and was unable to provide one. Congratulations Dr. Tsukada! 📣🎊🎉🥳😀

08/09/2021

Congratulations to Associate Professor and Department Chair Andrew Gross on the publication of his edition of the Temple Scroll (with L. H. Schiffman)!

04/15/2021

Congratulations to Charles "Chuck" Rhine for successfully defending his dissertation this week entitled "Words, Thoughts, and Phrases: Defining and Measuring Literalness in English Bible Translations". We welcome Dr. Chuck to the family of CUA Semitics PhDs! 🎉🎊👨‍🎓

04/15/2021

Four students from the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures are presenting as a part of Catholic University Research Day. You can find their presentations at the links below:
Megan Howard: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-ovAjk7qexUtKFz3rkiAXBAYmHwvdUln

Mehari Worku: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MeiFvm3bVksjW-eee8BOjMxDENaJsiWb

Dawit Muluneh: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13zrtNNjFfRkPvb9ngUuGZwPCkOi_KR1N

Brett LaPrad: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sEcM_AzHGgTelmD2qRY3GrQPDPWCzieL

03/30/2021

The volume Syriac Christian Culture: Beginnings to Renaissance, edited by Prof. Aaron Butts together with Prof. Robin Darling Young (TRS), recently appeared with CUA Press. The volume collects key papers from the Seventh North American Syriac Symposium (NASS VII), which Prof. Butts organized at The Catholic University of America on June 21-24, 2015.

03/30/2021

On March 25, Prof. Aaron Butts gave a lecture entitled “Rethinking ‘Magic’ in Ancient Christianity and Judaism: A View from Ethiopian Prayer Scrolls” at the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins (PSCO) of The University of Pennsylvania.

02/25/2021

On Feb. 16, Prof. Aaron Butts gave a lecture entitled “A Plea for a Medieval Reading of Ethiopic Manuscripts: The Case of the Homily on Frumentius” at the Mediterranean Seminar, hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder.

02/25/2021

On Feb. 24, Prof. Aaron Butts gave a lecture entitled “Once Again, Syriac ‘Influences’ on Ethiopic Christianity” at the Semitistisches Forschungskolloquium of the Freie Universität Berlin.

02/17/2021

The department extends its congratulations to Fr. Elie Estephan who on Monday, 15 Feb. 2021, successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "A Melkite Voice from 11th Century Syria: ‘Afīf Ibn Mu’ammal on the Christian Communities in the Medieval Middle East."

Congratulations, Dr. Estephan!! 🎉🎊📣😀🧑‍🎓

New Perspectives on Aramaic Epigraphy in Mesopotamia, Qumran, Egypt and Idumea 01/24/2021

Associate Professor and department chair Andrew Gross contributed "Alexander of the Idumean Ostraca: Alexander III or Alexander IV?" to this new volume on Aramaic epigraphy.
https://www.mohrsiebeck.com/en/book/new-perspectives-on-aramaic-epigraphy-in-mesopotamia-qumran-egypt-and-idumea-9783161598944

New Perspectives on Aramaic Epigraphy in Mesopotamia, Qumran, Egypt and Idumea New Perspectives on Aramaic Epigraphy in Mesopotamia, Qumran, Egypt and Idumea, 978-3-16-159894-4, Proceedings of the Joint RIAB Minerva Center and the Jeselsohn Epigraphic Center of Jewish History Conference. Research on Israel and Aram in Biblical Times II Edited by Aren M. Maeir, Angelika Berleju...

01/19/2021

On Jan. 15, Prof. Aaron Butts gave a lecture entitled “The History of Joseph (CAVT 113, 114): Towards an Edition of the Ethiopic Version” at L’Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne.

12/04/2020

Congratulations to our newly minted PhD, Dr. Stephen A. Fix!
🧑‍🎓🎊🎉
Today, he successfully defended his dissertation:
"The Semantics of a Semitic Ventive in Cognitive Perspective:
Akkadian Ventive Construals Based on Lexical Verb Types"

(Here's a better picture!)

12/04/2020

Congratulations to our newly minted PhD, Dr. Stephen A. Fix!
🧑‍🎓🎊🎉

Today, he successfully defended his dissertation:
"The Semantics of a Semitic Ventive in Cognitive Perspective:
Akkadian Ventive Construals Based on Lexical Verb Types"

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