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ZAZH – Zentrum Altertumswissenschaften Zürich


Parabiblical Tradition and Spirituality in Early Armenian Literature

Gospel manuscript

International Workshop on Armenian Studies

Organized by the 2021 ZAZH-Postdoc-Fellow Dr. Arusyak Tamrazyan in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Jörg Frey


Saturday, November 27,  9:30 – 18:15 
Theologisches Seminar, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zürich, Room 103 and via Zoom (Meeting-ID: 617 5833 6222, Kenncode: 022736)


The wealth of Armenian literature is widely unknown in Western civilization. Yet, it is an immense and, in some parts, unique treasure of early Christian interpretation, and some Jewish and Christian sources are only preserved in Armenian translation. Connected with the work of the present ZAZH-Postdoc-Fellow Dr. Arusyak Tamrazyan, this workshop brings together international specialists on Armenian literature. The focus is on parabiblical literature, that is literature beyond the biblical canon, and its reception in late antique Armenian tradition. The range of topics goes from the image of the heavenly chariot and Christ as charioteer, and Armenian apocryphal texts on Adam through traditions on Christian saints such as Thomas and Stephen till Armenian hymns and the imagery of music in Armenian tradition.



9.30 Coffee

Prof. Dr. Valentina Calzolari (Université de Genève)

The Cult of St Stephen in Armenia: An Unpublished Martyrdom of Stephen the First Martyr in Armenian


Dr. Mari Mamyan (Universität Regensburg)

The Manuscript Tradition of the Armenian Infancy Gospel


Dr. Arusyak Tamrazyan (ZAZH-Postdoc-Fellow / Matenadaran / Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts)

Wandering Images of Music: From Parabiblical to Exegetical Tradition

13.00 Break

Prof. Dr. Michael Stone (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Religious Dimensions of Armenian Apocrypha


Prof.  Dr. Abraham Terian (St. Nersees Armenian Seminary, New York) [online]

The Expanded Image of Christ as Charioteer in Early Armenian Literature


Prof. Dr. Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan (Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

An Exemplary Comparative Study of the Canonical and Apocryphal Hymns in the Armenian Ecclesiastical Poetry 

18.00 Closure of the workshop


Interested Scholars and Students are welcome. (Participation requires COVID19-Certificate).