SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Steven R Ring

BSc (Birmingham) CEng MIET
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Steven Ring
Steven R Ring
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Thesis title:
The post fifth-century trajectory of the Syriac Diatessaron and perspectives on the origins of the Diatessaron
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I originally qualified in electronic and communications engineering and I retired in 2013 after 36 years. From 1998 until 2016, I studied the Syriac language and Syriac Christian culture privately and then in 2016 I started my PhD studies at SOAS, University of London.


  • My main research interest is the Syriac gospel, its sources, its historical origins, its language and its use by different Christian communities.
  • I am particularly interested in the Syriac Diatessaron gospel harmony which was composed by Tatian the Assyrian in the 2nd century AD.
  • The history and development of Syriac Christianity
  • The Judean Aramaic documents amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The Syriac language and other Middle Aramaic dialects including Judean Aramaic