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Lucas Van Rompay

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
216 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708


Religion, history, and culture of Christian communities in the Middle East, from Late Antiquity to the present day. Most of my work relates to the Syriac (i.e., Aramaic) Christian tradition, but I am also interested in Armenian, Coptic, Arabic, and Ethiopic Christianity. Additional research interests, which also inform my teaching, include: (1) Aramaic languages and literatures (as used by Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, and Samaritans); (2) the interaction between Judaism and Christianity throughout history.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies · 2016 - Present Religious Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) · 1976 Ph.D.