Author: Andy Hilkens
In a recent article, I presented a type of Syriac text which Syriac-speaking Christians used to argue for the antiquity of their language and script vis-à-vis fourteen other written languages, notably Hebrew and Greek. These are lists of fifteen literate peoples of earth who developed a script and are catalogued as descendants of Ham, Japheth and Shem, the sons of Noah (Tables of Literate Nations). In the past article, I focused mostly on the Syriac Orthodox witnesses, because they constitute the majority of the witnesses (9th-13th century), including the earliest ones. I neglected to focus on the witnesses from the Church of the East. In this follow-up study, taking advantage of the opportunity of the discovery of another witness from the Church of the East, I aim to correct this oversight, focusing on the reception of this material in the Church of the East and its uniate factions.
Keywords: Tables of Literate Nations, Syriac reception of Diamerismos, Church of the East, Epiphanius, BL MS Add. 25,875, Andronicus’ treatise