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Old Syriac
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Old Syriac refers to the inscriptions and documents written in the Syriac language that date from the 1st to the 3rd centuries CE. These represent the earliest attestations of the Syriac language. The Syriac language likely originated in or around Edessa, present-day Urfa in southeastern Turkey, and from there it spread, as a language of Christianity, over most of Mesopotamia and Syria reaching as far as Ethiopia, India, and Central Asia. Syriac is the …

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Butts, Aaron Michael, “Old Syriac”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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