Patriarchal Journal

SOPJ Volumes: Volume 53 (2015) | Volume 54 (2016)  |  Volume 55 (2017) |  Volume 56 (2018) Volume 57 (2019)

What is SOPJ?
The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Journal (formerly The Patriarchal Journal; ISSN 2414-6986) is a peer-reviewed academic journal linked to Saint Aphrem Theological Seminary, Ma‘arrat Saydnaya. The Journal publishes articles in Syriac, Arabic, English and other European languages, related to the following areas within the field of Eastern and Syriac Christianity, including but not limited to:

–          Theology and the Bible

–          Liturgy

–          History

–          Language

–          Syriac Studies

In addition to scientific papers, SOPJ also publishes:

–          News about academic activities (Conferences, Ecumenical Dialogues, etc.)

–          Book reviews (particularly academic publications coming out in the Middle East)

Editorial Board:

H.H. Ignatios Aphrem II, Editor-in-Chief

Rev. Fr Dr. Roger-Youssef Akhrass, Executive Editor


Dr. Sebastian P. Brock, University of Oxford

Rev. Fr. Elie Hachem-Khalifé, Université du Saint-Esprit, Kaslik

Dr Andreas Juckel, University of Münster

Dr Aho Shemunkasho, University of Salzburg

Dr. George A. Kiraz, Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute / Gorgias Press

H.E. Polycarpus Dr. Augin Aydin, Metropolitan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Netherlands

Rev. Fr. Dr. Youhanon Habil, St. Ephrem Theological Seminary

Lamia Doumato, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

How to submit a paper?

To submit a paper, you can e-mail us on the following address:
Where to purchase SOPJ?
The Journal costs €47 / $US50 and can be purchased locally at:

–          Mor Aphrem Center, 55 West Midland Ave, Paramus, New Jersey 07652, USA

–          Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy, Tvetaberg Säteri, 151 66 Södertälje, SWEDEN

–          St. Jacob Baradeus Monastery, Atchaneh, LEBANON

–          St. Aphrem Theological Seminary, Maarrat Saydnaya, SYRIA

How to purchase SOPJ online?

International orders directly from Saint Aphrem Theological Seminary will have the following shipping charges: + €16 / $US17, Europe // + €23 / $US25, America, Africa and the Far East.

You may order your copy by:

1- Making a transfer of the total cost (volume cost + shipping charges) via Western Union to “Roger AKHRASS” (country: LEBANON).

2- Sending an email jointly to: and mentioning:

– Your tracking number (MTCN) of Western Union

– Your complete and correct mailing address.


1- Paying online (the volume cost + shipping charges) at, specifying to what end you are making the transfer

2- Sending an email jointly to: and mentioning your complete and correct mailing address.


1- Making a bank Transfer to :

IBAN Number (Account number): LB95 0028 0000 0000 0135 3984 6005


Account Name: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate

BBAC Customer Number:             0013539846005

BBAC Account CCY:         USD

Bank Name and Address:             BBAC

P.O.Box: 11-1536 Riad El Solh

Beirut 1107 2080 Lebanon

2- Sending an email jointly to: and mentioning your complete and correct mailing address.