Dr. Andrew Hayes Dr. Andrew Hayes Associate Professor
Theology
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Dr. Andrew Hayes conducts research on Syriac patristics and on related theological and literary traditions. Syriac, a dialect of the Aramaic language, serves as the vehicle for a major tradition of Christian literature and culture in the Near East, from the early period until today. He specializes particularly in asceticism, spirituality, and theological poetics in the thought of St. Ephrem the Syrian (4th century). Other areas where he has published or presented research include the early Syriac authors, Jacob of Serugh and Philoxenus of Mabbugh (both 5th–6th century).

Areas of Expertise
oriental Christian literature (Syriac and Arabic), early Christian spirituality and monasticism, theological poetics, history of Christian-Muslim relations, relationship between Syriac Christian literature and the Qur’an

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts - Classical and Early Christian Studies - Christendom College (2004)
  • Master of Arts - Semitics - The Catholic University of America
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Semitics - The Catholic University of America

Publications

  • "A First Look at the Manuscripts and Themes of Jacob of Serugh's Metrical Homily 'On the Adultery of the Congregation'"
    Studia Patristica
    Peeters (2017) Vol. 77 Page 61-72
  • "Icons of the Heavenly Merchant: Ephrem and Pseudo-Ephrem in the Madrashe in Praise of Abraham of Qidun"
    Gorgias Press (2016)
  • "The Transfiguration of Moses: A Survey and Analysis of St Ephrem's Interpretation of Exodus 34,29"
    Oriens Christianus
    (2013) Vol. 97 Page 67-99