Where would you go to find the oldest surviving Armenian writing? The Mashdots Manuscript Repository in Yerevan? St. Mesrob Mashdots' grave in Oshakan? It may come as a surprise, but the oldest recorded written Armenian is found far from the place of its creation.
On Monday, November 17 Dr. Michael Stone, Professor of Armenian Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will lecture at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary on "Newly-Discovered Armenian Inscriptions in the Holy Land."
The oldest Armenian characters are inscribed in stone along ancient pilgrimage routes in and around Palestine and Sinai. Some of these date to the fifth century, soon after the holy translators Sts. Sahak and Mesrob created the Armenian alphabet. Dr. Stone has photographed and analyzed these inscriptions. He will discuss their historical significance during his lecture.
Michael E. Stone is author and editor of over 50 books and 260 articles in the fields of Armenian Studies and Ancient Judaism. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale and Leiden (Holland) Universities, the University of Richmond, the University of Melbourne (Australia) and many others. He holds a PhD from Harvard and a LittD from Melbourne University and is currently the Senior Visiting Fellow at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Apart from his vast contributions to Armenian Studies, Dr. Stone has wide experience in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, an area in which he is considered one of the world's preeminent scholars. Dr. Stone was the Founding Chairman and President of the international association of armenologists, the "Association des Etudes Armeniennes."
"Dr. Stone's years of hands-on research and documentation of the ancient Armenian inscriptions in the Holy Land gives him an extraordinary perspective on a very intriguing topic. We are honored and delighted to have him speak at St. Nersess," said V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Seminary Dean.
Professor Stone's lecture, which will be accompanied by slides, is scheduled for 7:30pm at the Seminary, in New Rochelle, New York. It is open to the public. For further information call the Seminary at (914) 636-2003 or write to email@example.com.