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Dr Sebastian Brock FBA

Syriac Studies
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About this Fellow

Born 1938 to James Brock (archaeologist) and Ursula Brock (nee Cooper, silk weaver). 1966, married to Helen M.C.Brock (nee Hughes; archaeologist). Educated at Eton College (King's Scholar), and Trinity College Cambridge (Classics and Oriental Languages [Hebrew and Aramaic]); DPhil Oxford 1966. Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, University of Birmingham (Department of Theology) 1964-1967; Lecturer in Hebrew, then Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, Cambridge University, 1967-1974; Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac, then Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, 1974-2003; 2003- Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.



Current post

  • Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Formerly Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1990
  • Lecturer, Reader in Aramaic and Syriac, University of Oxford, 1974
  • Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, University of Cambridge, 1967 - 1974


Treasure-House of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition 2012 (Yonkers NY)

The luminous eye: the spiritual world vision of St Ephrem 1985

Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian) 'The second part' chapters IV-XLI 1995

Catalogue of Syriac fragments (new finds) in the library of the Monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai 1995

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Professor Rana Mitter

The history and politics of modern China; history of twentieth-century China, in particular the Republican period (1912-1949) and Cold War; contemporary Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese relations

Professor Roel Sterckx

Classical and literary Chinese language and philology; history, religion and thought of pre-imperial and early imperial China; text and manuscript studies (Warring States, Qin, and Han periods); the natural world in pre-modern China

Professor John Healey

Aramaic inscriptions of the Roman-period Near East (especially Nabataen & Syriac); associated historical, religious & legal studies; early development of the Arabic script; Ugaritic, Hebrew & Syriac philology & literature