Abdul M. Saadi

Abdul M. Saadi
Associate Professor of Arabic
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Research/Teaching Interests

  • Arabic and Syriac

  • Syriac Christianity


Ph.D., New Testament and Syriac Studies, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1999

Th.M., New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1995
M.A., Church History, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1993
M.A., Theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1992
B.A., Business and Management, University of Damascus (Syria), 1990
B.A., Civil Engineering, University of Aleppo (Syria), 1984
D.Th., Theology and Literature, St. Ephrem Theological Seminary (Lebanon), 1976

Courses Taught at Baylor

  • Introduction to Arabic (ARB 1301)

  • Elementary Spoken/Modern Standard Arabic (ARB 1302)

  • Intermediate Spoken/Modern Standard Arabic (ARB 2310)

  • Arab Popular Culture (ARB 2320)

  • Special Topics (ARB 3V70)

  • Aramaic (REL 4303)

Selected Publications

Critical Editions and Translations

The Commentary of Moshe bar Kepha on the Gospel of Luke. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2020. 500 pages.

Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause of the Celebration of the Nativity: A Genre for Exegesis, Ecumenism and Apology. Texts from Christian Late Antiquity. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2017. 100 pages.

The Holy Bible: the New Testament, Translation into Colloquial Aramaic of Tur Abdin. Turkey: United Bible Societies, 2013. 1200 pages.

 الكتاب المقدس: العهد الجديد[The Holy Bible: the New Testament, Translation into Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic of Mardin]. Turkey: United Bible Societies, 2012. 800 pages.


  • “Moshe Bar-Kepha’s Christological Harmony and Apology in the Adapted Cause of Nativity.” Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 20 (2020): 21-32.

Book Chapter

  • "Yuhanon Dolabani’s Heritage: Local and Global Effect.” In Hikmet’in Izinde Bir Omur: Metropolit Hanna Dolabani. M. Doru, Z. Duygu, and M. Akyuz, eds. (Mardin: Birinci Baski, 2020): 13-23.

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Curriculum Vitae