Subject: 'But I am Prayer:' Voice, Body and the Anthropology of the Praying Self in Rabbinic and Syriac-Christian Literature
Supervisor: Prof. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony
Abstract: My work explores the complex relations between voice and silence, in regard to how prayer was designed and constructed in Rabbinic and Syriac-Christian literature in Late Antiquity. In the Thesis I examine the interplay between Rabbinic and Syriac literature regarding perceptions of body and language, and from that I continue on to explore the different attitudes towards silent and bodily prayer.
The work focuses on the works of Aphrahat, Ephrem, the Book of Steps and John of Apamea - all Syrian writings of the fourth and fifth centuries, and on rabbinic literature from roughly the same period.