same Orthodox Church of Antioch exists today upholding the same Faith
it received from the Apostles. But through centuries of struggle and
invasion by armies from both the East and West, some of its heritage
has been obscured. Much has been lost both by those whose families have
been part of this tradition for centuries, as well as to the vast
majority of people in the West for whom the Middle East has become
synonymous with Islam.
"Antioch: A Centre for Antiochian
Orthodox Christian Studies and Research" has been established to
facilitate the rediscovery of this heritage through:
manuscripts written in the three main languages of the Antiochian
Orthodox tradition, i.e. Aramaic (Syriac), Greek and Arabic
- Cataloguing these manuscripts in a fully searchable database open to all
- Publishing its findings both in print and online
- Supporting scholars in the field
- Organising conferences
is based in Oxford, U.K. because of its unparalleled collection of
Antiochian manuscripts, both in original and microfilm form. It began
through supporting the work of the Lebanese Orthodox Monk Elia who to
date (January 2009) has catalogued thousands of manuscripts that he has
located. These are already revealing forgotten Saints lives, aspects of
early iconography and the development of Christian worship which impact
upon our own understanding and practice of the Faith. They also affect
our understanding of history with some of the manuscripts leading to
discoveries of medieval sites and remains.
New perspectives on Christian-Muslim relations are offered by many of the documents.
develop this work further, your support is needed. Please consider
becoming a "Friend of Antioch" and making a regular financial
contribution. All Friends will receive regular updates on the work of
the Centre as well as the opportunity to participate in the events it
will organise. If you are unable to make a regular commitment please
consider a one off gift.