4 Massis Weekly MAY 17, 2008 Recent Publications From The Western Diocese Ariana Garabedian Increases Awareness Of The Armenian Church Of The Armenian Genocide By Rev. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian Presentation Of The Books At The Diocesan Center Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 7 pm The following five books were selves; they are at best copies of the published by the order of His Eminence copies of succeeding generations who Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate have thus preserved the text in different of the Western Diocese of the Armenian monasteries, the most ancient of which, Church. Among them are two Armenian no earlier than the 12th century, have historiographies translated into English served for publications during the 18th for the first time with introductions and and 19th centuries. The History of annotations. They are: Ghevond covers the detailed accounts of the Arab invasions beginning from the History of Armenia by Bishop Caliphs who were the successors of the Ukhtanes of Sebastia Part II Prophet from 640 on. The Last events This volume presents an important reported refer to the revolt of the Arme- work that is indispensable for the history nians against the Arabs from 750 to 755. of the Armenian Church in the 7th cen- tury. It is also a valuable source book on Studies in Armenian History the history of the Georgian Church. This This bi-lingual book Contains the translation is based on, and in fact suc- synopsis of six Armenian Historians and ceeds to, the only Armenian obsolete one Byzantine Emperor as follows: Eznik edition of 1871 published in Goghbatsi Bishop of Bagrevand (5th c.), Vagharsgapat. It contains an Armenian Bishop Sebeos Bagratuni (7th c.), and English introduction, 135 emenda- Ghevond the Priest (8th c.), Ukhtanes Ariana Garabedian, a seventh grader from Boise, Idaho, and daughter of Dr. tions and corrections in the Armenian Bishop of Sebastia (10th c.), Aristakes Vicken Garabedian and Terri Garabedian, competed in the 2008 National History Day text, the translation of the second part of Vardapet of Lastivert (11th c.), Kirakos competition on April 11, 2008. The theme this year was “Conflict and Compromise the History, a bibliography and an index. Vardapet of Gandzak (13th c.), and in History”. Ariana entered the competition with an exhibit, 500-word essay and 500- Part II of Bishop Ukhtanes of Sebastia’s Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII word process paper titled “The Unspoken Crime Against Humanity: The massacres History of Armenia is devoted to the Porphyrogenitus (10th c.). Each author’s and genocide of the Armenian people”. Her work involved extensive research, separation, or the schism, of the Geor- text is treated regarding its integrity, including interviews from renowned professors Richard Dekmejian, Ph.D. and Peter gian Church from the unity of the Arme- date, authenticity, and editions. The book Balakian, Ph.D. nian Church initiated by the Georgian is a compilation of papers read at differ- In addition, she shared personal family accounts of her great-great grandpar- Catholicos Kurion at the beginning of the ent universities during Armenian history ents. After presenting her exhibit and giving a formal presentation to judges, she was 7th century against the wishes of the and ancient literature symposiums. chosen to continue in the competition from the regional level to the state level at the Catholicos of Armenia. Bishop Ukhtanes College of Idaho. gathered all of the documents on the Studies in Armenian Church Ariana’s goal in choosing the topic was to increase awareness of the Armenian subject and presented them in a histori- - History, Doctrine, Worship - genocide. As a result of the increased attention, she hopes there will be stronger cal context with relevant comments and This is a collection of studies deal- support for a formal U.S. acknowledgement of the genocide. background information. Until now the ing with the Armenian Church history, Western scholars had access to Ukhtanes tradition, excavations, worship, calen- The New Leadership In Russia Is Apprehensive only through an outdated French trans- dar of feasts, canonization, and the for- lation published by M. Brosset in 1870. mation of the Armenian Church follow- Continued from page 3 integrity. He will assess the situation in Fr. Arzoumanian has rendered a valuable ing the invention of the Alphabet and the Armenia and draw his own conclusions. service to scholarship by making such translation of the Bible into Armenian at Armenia’s leaders do not release the Today it is clear that there are political an important work available in English. the beginning of the 5th century. prisoners, this will be dangerous for prisoners in Armenia. I know this from them as well, because they themselves newspaper reports, from eyewitness History of Ghevond on Theology of the Armenian Church might appear in such a situation in the testimonials and from friends and rela- the Arab Invasions -an Introduction- future and this time nobody will call tives of the people who are being sub- This first English translation pre- This is the first in its kind to easily them “Political prisoners”. jected to brutality and are imprisoned. sents the work of an 8th century Arme- explain the ancient and original theology Karen Apetyan – Mr. Razin, by Many of our politicians are very con- nian contemporary historian, Priest of the Armenian Church. The author has the way, here in the USA, in Wash- cerned with the situation in Armenia, Ghevond, who has written as an eye- labeled it as “popular edition” having in ington, there were hearings dedi- which instead of heading toward de- witness account, at least for the latter mind the reader’s comprehension and cated to the March 1-2 events and the mocracy is headed into chaos. I think part of the book, on the Arab invasions interest in matters of Christ’s Person, chairman called all the prisoners and you will still hear from Russian politi- who after the appearance of the Prophet the Holy Trinity, St. Paul’s theology, the followers of Levon Ter-Petrosyan as cians. moved north from the Arabian Peninsula Creeds formulated by the First Ecu- political prisoners and told the repre- Karen Apetyan – What do you and invaded Armenia and the Western menical Councils and the Church Fa- sentative of Serj Sargsyan that one think? When a person comes to power provinces of the Byzantine Empire. It thers, the theology of the Armenian would be foolish not to call them so. by force and is not elected by the contains detailed information on the geo- Church hymns, the Sacraments of the So far you are the only Russian poli- people, wouldn’t that person and his graphic and topographic status of the Church, the essence of Christ’s Church, tician who has called these people supporters have to oppress and ter- time, with the Bagratuni and Rshtuni and finally the heresy and the atheism in political prisoners. No Russian politi- rorize their own people in order to dynasties at the helm of Armenia, and past and present. cal organization or governmental govern? lengthy correspondence between the All five of these recent publica- structure has said anything about Andrei Razin – Yes, when the Arab Caliph Umar and Emperor Leo III tions were sponsored by David and this. leaders of a country use oppressive of Byzantium on matters of Christianity. Margaret Mgrublian of Pasadena. The Andrei Razin – The new govern- methods such as beating and even killing This new translation is based on two books will be presented under the aus- ment of the Russian Federation is in the people, then you call that a dictatorship. important manuscripts and three sec- pices of His Eminence Archbishop process of formation and the new presi- Therefore in my opinion, what we have ondary ones, the oldest of which comes Hovnan Derderian by the author Fr. dent will assume his post on May 7, today in Armenia is a dictatorship. from the 13th century. Of course none of Arzoumanian on Wednesday, May 21, 2008. I think he is an honest and respect- Karen Apetyan – Mr. Razin, the ancient documents have reached us 2008. The public is warmly welcome. able person and most of all a man of thank you for the interview. as original writings by the authors them- Reception will follow. in 1955, most of the Armenian inhabited For an article about renaming of towns Chronology Of The Armenian Genocide places in Turkey before the genocide. In and villages in Turkey, the interested addition , names of Kurdish and Turkish reader may read my article “An Unprec- Continued from page 3 as reference , mentioned above. villages were renamed. The motive of edented Decision of the Turkish Gov- A general remark about all the the government in renaming these vil- ernment Concerning Western Armenia” publications as reference, specially the three chronologies reviewed in this ar- lages and towns is not simply national- “The Armenian Review, vol.xxxv, Spring book written with Paboudjian ,” Les ticle: istic fervor. The motive of renaming 1982, pp.61-63) Armeniens Dans L’Empire Ottoman a la In none of the chronologies, it is even Turkish sounding villages is to Conclusion: all the three authors, Veille du Genocide” mentioned above. mentioned that most Armenian inhabited make difficult for the prospective scholar Levon Vartan, Haigazn Ghazarian and He could use more the books, published places in Turkey have been renamed to identify an Armenian village that ex- Raymond Kevorkian have done a very by the Armenian Compatriotic Unions, The Turkish government renamed, isted near a Turkish sounding village. necessary publication by their works.
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