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David Taylor

University Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac


Dr David Taylor’s primary research interests are in Syriac language, history, and literature. Currently, he is working on books on multilingualism and diglossia in Late Antique Syria and Mesopotamia; Syriac exegesis of the Psalms; Syriac lexicography; and the Imperial Aramaic Arshama archive.


Other recent research includes papers on desire and devotion in thirteenth-century Syriac wine songs, the formation of sixth-century Syrian Orthodox identity, Christ as levitical priest, the Arabian martyrs of Najran, and the role of Syriac in post sixteenth-century Kerala, South India. With colleagues in the USA he is creating a Digital Syriac Text Corpus.