George A. Kiraz, Editor-in-Chief
George Anton Kiraz is the Director of the Institute and President of Gorgias Press. He obtained an M.St. degree in Syriac Studies from the University of Oxford (1991) and a Ph.D. in computational linguistics from the University of Cambridge (1996) and wrote his dissertation on the morphology of Semitic languages (Computational Nonlinear Morphology (Cambridge University Press, 2001)). After a career in Bell Labs (1996–2000) and Nuance (2000–2001) in natural language processing and speech technology, he co-founded Gorgias Press in 2001.
Kiraz envisaged SEDRA as a linguistic and literary tool back in 1988. He used it for concordance generation and made it available online as open source in 1994.
Kiraz published in the fields of Syriac studies and computational linguistics. His recent publications include The Syriac Dot: A Short History (2015), Tūrāṣ Mamllā: A Grammar of the Syriac Language, Volume I: Syriac Orthography (2012), and The New Syriac Primer (2007).
James W. Bennett, Information Technology (IT) Manager
Jim Bennett entered the Air Force upon graduating from high school and spent 11 years officially as a missile technician and software engineer helping to validate Ada compilers for embedded systems. After being medically discharged, he started his own company and worked as a contracting software engineer for most of the last 26 years.
In 2001 he took a sabbatical from work and pursued a dual Bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Antiquities and Religious Studies from Missouri State University.
After completing his BA he pursued a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a focus on Syriac Christianity. While working on his thesis "Jesus the Slayer of Death: The Decensus ad Inferos in the Demonstrations of Aphrahat" he built a database of the Demonstrations from data he obtained from CAL and wrote several programs to assist in analyzing the texts. During the course of his MA he spent six weeks in Aleppo studying Syriac under Abrohom Nuro.
The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio
Digital South Asia Library, The University of Chicago, Center for Research Libraries
Mawrid Reader, courtesy of Abdurahman Erik Taal
Perseus under PhiloLogic, Department of Classics, The University of Chicago
Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, Germany (Publishing Company)
Sebastian P. Brock (University of Oxford)
Claudia A. Ciancaglini (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Dayroyo Zaytoun Saome (St. Aphrem Theological Seminar, Maarat Saydnaya, Syria)
Leslie Virnelson (Princeton Theological Seminary) tagged 4599 entries.
Jeff Haines (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute) tagged 2093 entries.
George Kiraz (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute) tagged 1965 entries.
Ephrem Ishac (Graz Uni. VESTIGIA) tagged 1708 entries.
Ralph Barczok (Universität Konstanz, Research Centre for Aramaean Studies) tagged 1646 entries.
mzina tagged 1373 entries.
Brandon Allen (Princeton Theological Seminary) tagged 1136 entries.
Aron Tillema (Princeton Theological Seminary) tagged 893 entries.
Michael Wingert (UCLA, St. Cyril College) tagged 722 entries.
Philip Forness (Princeton Theological Seminary) tagged 411 entries.
Marie Elia (RBC) tagged 398 entries.
Fady Yousuf tagged 351 entries.
James Bennett (Tara-Lu Corporation) tagged 163 etymology entries.