Lucas Van Rompay

Lucas Van Rompay

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies

External address: 
216 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3523


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Catholic University of Leuven - Belgium 1976

Rompay, LV. "Dayr al-Suryan: l’esperienza siro-ortodossa in Egitto." L’eredità religiosa e culturale dei Siri-occidentali tra VI et IX secolo. Atti del 6° Incontro sull’Oriente Cristiano di tradizione siriaca. Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, 25 maggio 2007. Ed. E Vergani and S Chialà. 2012. 73-89.

Rompay, LV, and Burleson, S. "List of Patriarchs in the Main Syriac Churches in the Middle East." Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage. 2011. 473-483.

Rompay, LV. "108 entries." Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage. Gorgias Press, 2011.

Rompay, LV, and Kiraz, GA. "Jerusalem." Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage. 2011. 227a-229a.

Rompay, LV. "Humanity’s Sin in Paradise. Ephrem, Jacob of Serugh, and Narsai in Conversation." Jacob of Serugh and His Times. Studies in Sixth-Century Syriac Christianity. Ed. G Kiraz. Gorgias Press, 2010. 199-217.

Rompay, LV. "Syriac and Related Scripts." Journey of Writing in Egypt. Ed. K Azab and A Masour. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Cairo (Egypt), 2009. 150-163.

Rompay, LV. "Jacob of Edessa and the Sixth-Century Syriac Translator of Severus of Antioch’s Cathedral Homilies." Jacob of Edessa and the Syriac Culture of His Day. Ed. BTH Romeny. Brill, 2008. 189-204.

Rompay, LV. "The East (3): Syria and Mesopotamia." The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies. Ed. SA Harvey and DG Hunter. Oxford University Press, 2008. 364-386.

Rompay, LV. "A Precious Gift to Deir al-Surian (AD 1211): Ms. Vat. Syr. 13." Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone. Studies in Honor of Sebastian P. Brock. Ed. GA Kiraz. Gorgias Press, 2008. 735-750.

Van Rompay, L. "Oh that I had Wings like a Dove! Some Remarks on Exclamatory Clauses in Syriac." Studies in Semitic and General Linguistics in Honor of Gideon Goldenberg. Ed. T Bar and E Cohen. Ugarit-Verlag, 2007.


Rompay, LV. "Review of A. Harrak, Syriac and Garshuni Inscriptions of Iraq." Syria 89 (2012): 448-451. (Review)

Rompay, LV. "From Waste to Wealth." Ed. TL Foundation and London. Newsletter of The Levantine Foundation 3 (2009): 3 and 7-3 and 7. (Academic Article)

Rompay, LV. "Review of: S.P. Brock, The Wisdom of St. Isaac of Nineveh (2006)." Ed. SOB Literature. Review of Biblical Literature (2008). (Review)

Rompay, LV. "Severus, Patriarch of Antioch (512-518) in the Greek, Syriac, and Coptic Traditions." Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 8 (2008): 3-22. (Academic Article)

Van Rompay, L. "Syriac Studies: The Challenges of the Coming Decade." Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 10.1 (January 2007).

Rompay, LV. "Review of: A. Schmidt and S. Westphalen, Christliche Wandmalereien in Syrien (2005)." Eastern Christian Art in its Late Antique and Islamic Contexts 4 (2007): 189-190. (Review)

Van Rompay, L. "Mallpânâ dilan Suryâyâ. Ephrem in the Works of Philoxenus of Mabbog: Respect and Distance." Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 7.1 (January 2004).

Van Rompay, L. "Mallpânâ dilan Suryâyâ. Ephrem in the Works of Philoxenus of Mabbog: Respect and Distance." Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 7.1 (January 2004).


Brock, S, Butts, AM, Kiraz, GA, and Rompay, LV. "Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage." (2011): XL + 539 pp.-XL + 539 pp.