Sebastian P. Brock
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Sebastian P. Brock

Sebastian Paul Brock, FBA (born 1938, London) is a renowned British scholar, university professor, and a world-renowned expert in the field of academic studies of Classical Syriac language and Classical Syriac literature. His research also encompasses various aspects of cultural history of Syriac Christianity. He is generally acknowledged as one of the foremost academics in the field of Syriac studies,[1] and one of the most prominent scholars in the wider field of Aramaic studies. He is a former Reader in Syriac studies at the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute and an emeritus fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.[2]

Brock studied at Eton College, and completed his BA degree in Classics and Oriental Languages (Hebrew and Aramaic) at the Trinity College (University of Cambridge). In 1966, he became Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford. He was Assistant Lecturer, and then Lecturer, at the University of Birmingham (Department of Theology) from 1964 tp 1967. He continued his academic career as Lecturer in Hebrew, and then Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, at Cambridge University, from 1967 to 1974. He was Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac, and then Reader in Syriac Studies, at Oxford University, from 1974 to 2003. Since 2003, he is Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.[3]

He is the recipient of a number of honorary doctorates and has been awarded the Medal of Saint Ephrem the Syrian by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and the Leverhulme prize and medal of the British Academy. He is a widely published author on Syriac topics.

Personal life

Brock is married to Helen Hughes-Brock, an archaeologist specialising in Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece.

Honours

Brock is a Fellow of the British Academy. He was the recipient of the 2009 Leverhulme Medal and Prize awarded by the British Academy.[4] On 21 June he received the PhD Honoris Causa at EPHE in Paris.

Works

  • Brock, Sebastian P. (1967). "Greek Words in the Syriac Gospels (Vet. and Pe.)". Le Muséon. 80: 389-426.

References

  1. ^ Abouzayd 1993, p. 2: "The Syriac heritage owes much to Sebastian Brock and, as in the old adage "all roads lead to Rome", all aspects of Syriac studies lead one way or another to Sebastian Brock ... His voluminous work on Syriac, and related fields, is unique in our modern times."
  2. ^ Wolfson College: Sebastian Brock
  3. ^ Fellows of the British Academy: Dr Sebastian Brock FBA
  4. ^ "Leverhulme Medal and Prize 2009". Prizes and Medals. British Academy. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2014.

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