Michael Penn | Publications


Collaborative Books

Hymnal According to the Rite of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch (Antioch Press, Forthcoming). Co-translated with Gabriel Aydin and the Syriac Orthodox Bishops of America.

English translation of Ruben Duval, Traite de grammaire Syriaque (Gorgias Press, Forthcoming). Co-translated with Maria Doerfler and Adam McCollum.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Early Syriac Reactions to the Rise of Islam” in The Syriac World (New York: Routledge, Forthcoming).

“Automated Syriac Script Charts” Studia Patristica 45 (Forthcoming). Co-authored with Nick Howe and Kaylynn Crawford.

“Melania’s Afterlives” in Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family (Berkeley: University of California Press, Forthcoming 2016).

“Know Thy Enemy: The Materialization of Orthodoxy in Syriac Manuscripts” in Snapshots of Evolving Traditions: Textual Fluidity, Manuscript Culture and New Philology (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, Forthcoming 2016).

“A Character Style Library for Syriac Manuscripts,” Proceedings of the International Workshop on Historical Document Imaging and Processing (2015). Co-authored with Nick Howe and Alice Yang.

“Demons Gone Wild: An Introduction, Edition, and Translation of the Syriac Qenneshre Fragment,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 79 (2013): 367-399.

“Using Computers to Identify Ancient Scribal Hands,” Studia Patristica 44 (2013): 261-265.

“Jacob of Edessa’s Defining Christianity: An Introduction, Edition, and Translation” Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 64 (2012): 175-199.

“The Wright Decoder: A Page Index to the British Library Catalogue of Syriac ManuscriptsHugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 15.1 (2012): 30-76.

“God’s War and His Warriors: The First Hundred Years of Syriac Accounts of the Islamic Conquests” in Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges (Oxford University Press, 2012), 69-90.

“Reconsecrating a Defiled Church: A Medieval Syriac Ritual and its Later Modifications” Parole de l’Orient 35 (2010): 417-434.

“Addressing Muslim Rulers and Muslim Rule” Oriens Christianus (2010): 71-84.

“Moving Beyond the Palimpsest: Erasure in Syriac Manuscripts” Journal of Early Christian Studies 18 (Summer, 2010): 261-303.

“A Temporarily Resurrected Dog and Other Wonders: Thomas of Marga and Early Christian/Muslim Encounters” Medieval Encounters 16 (Summer, 2010): 209-242.

“Piety and the Pumice Stone” Studia Patristica 45 (2010): 197-201.

“The Composition of the Qenneshre Fragment” in Aramaic in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2010), 33-48.

“Monks, Manuscripts, and Muslims: Syriac Textual Changes in Reaction to the Rise of Islam” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 12 (Summer, 2009): 235-257.

“A New Introduction, Edition, Translation, and Commentary of John and the EmirLe Muséon (June, 2008): 65-91.

“Kissing, Purity, and Early Christian Social Order” Studia Patristica 39 (2006): 87-92.

“Syriac Sources for Early Christian/Muslim Relations” Islamochristiana 29 (2003): 59-78.

“Ritual Kissing, Heresy, and Early Christian Orthodoxy” Journal of Ecclesiastical History (November, 2003): 625-640.

“Identity Transformation and Authorial Identification in Joseph and AsenethThe Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha 13 (2002): 171-183.

“Performing Family: Ritual Kissing and the Construction of Early Christian Kinship” Journal of Early Christian Studies 11 (Summer, 2002): 151-174.

“‘Bold and Having No Shame’: Ambiguous Widows, Controlling Clergy, and Early Syrian Communities” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 4 (Summer, 2001): 155-181.

“Introduction and Translation of Shenoute’s ‘On the Piety of Women’” Coptic Church Review 16 (Spring, 1995): 26-29.

Book Reviews, Entries, Reports, Review Articles

Book reviews in Review of Biblical Literature, Church History, Journal of Early Christian Studies, National Women’s Studies Association Journal

“Jacob of Edessa” in The Encyclopedia of Islam, Third Edition (Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming).

Pseudo-Methodius” and “John bar Penkaye” in The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

“Nonnus of Nisibis,” “Athanasius of Balad,” “Julian of Halicarnasus” in Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2011).

“The Great Isaiah Scroll” Art Forum (June, 2008).

Research Report on Imaging Islam in Religious Studies News (January, 2007).

“Counter Factual Essay,” “One Source Social History,” “Taking a Stand” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2005).

Conference Report of “Aramaic in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity” in Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (July, 2004).

“Der Kuß” in Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2001), 1907-1908.

“Feminist Pedagogy as Praxis” Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 4 (Spring, 1997): 217-219