Shmona, Guria and Habib Edessan Martyrs: Texts and Translations with Notes and Commentary 9781463214487

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SHMONA, GURIA AND HABIB EDESSAN MARTYRS

ANALECTA GORGIANA 58 General Editor George Anton Kiraz Analecta Gorgiana is a collection of long essays and short monographs which are consistently cited by modern scholars but previously difficult to find because of their original appearance in obscure publications. Now conveniently published, these essays are not only vital for our understanding of the history of research and ideas, but are also indispensable tools for the continuation and development of on-going research. Carefully selected by a team of scholars based on their relevance to modern scholarship, these essays can now be fully utilized by scholars and proudly owned by libraries.

SHMONA, GURIA AND HABIB EDESSAN MARTYRS Texts and Translations with Notes and Commentary

FRANCIS CRAWFORD BURKITT

GORGIAS PRESS 2007

First Gorgias Press Edition, 2007 The special contents of this edition are copyright © 2007 by Gorgias Press LLC All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise without the prior written permission of Gorgias Press LLC. Published in the United States of America by Gorgias Press LLC, New Jersey This edition is a facsimile reprint of the original edition published as parts of Euphemia and the Goth by Williams & Norgate, London, 1913 ISBN 978-1-59333-873-2 ISSN 1935-6854

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A NOTE FROM THE PRESS EDITOR This volume is composed of sections from F. C. Burkitt’s larger work Euphemia and the Goth, now available from Gorgias Press under the title The Acts of the Edessan Martyrs Shmona, Guria and Habib, and their Deliverance of Euphemia. As only the tales of Shmona, Guria and Habib are included in the present volume, some sections have been edited so as to remove any confusing references to the tale of Euphemia and the Goth. The Table of Contents and the Lists of Illustrations are new and refer to the [bracketed], Gorgias edition page numbers, and the index has been carefully edited, but still refers to the original page numbers. Nothing of the author’s has been changed, only consolidated in order to make this volume coherent.

TABLE OF CONTENTS A Note from the Press Editor...............................................................................v Table of Contents..................................................................................................vii List of Illustrations .................................................................................................ix Historicitity of the Martyrdoms ............................................................................1 Date of the Martyrdoms.......................................................................................25 Place of the Martyrdoms ......................................................................................31 On the Text ............................................................................................................45 Shmona and Guria .......................................................................................46 Habib..............................................................................................................53 Translations ............................................................................................................57 Shmona and Guria .......................................................................................58 Habib.......................................................................................................................79 Notes .......................................................................................................................97 Shmona and Guria ................................................................................................97 Habib.....................................................................................................................106 Index......................................................................................................................118 Syriac Text ............................................................................................................162 Shmona and Guria .....................................................................................150 Habib............................................................................................................137

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Figure 1. View from the West Gate of Edessa. ............................................................xii Figure 2. A Map of the City of Edessa...........................................................................42

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