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Bible, 08: Peshitta
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The name “Peshitta” (also “Peshitto”) refers to the standard version of the Syriac Bible, accepted as authoritative in Syriac-speaking churches from the early 5th century CE. Although the Syriac Old Testament and New Testament are distinct in origin, they are together known as the Peshitta.

The earliest attested use of the name “Peshitta” for this version dates to the 9th century CE; previously it was referred to simply as “the Syriac.” The origina…

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Childers, Jeff W., “Bible, 08: Peshitta”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_COM_036557>
First published online: 2018



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