Dr Srecko Koralija

Dr Srecko Koralija


PhD in Theology and Religious Studies (Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar of the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity,UK); PhD thesis title: Language Contact and Inner-Syriac Developments: Lexical Study of the Peshitta Genesis


Croatian (fluent), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Italian (fluent), Portuguese (good), Russian (good), Polish (good), Hungarian (elementary knowledge), Modern Greek (elementary knowledge), Ancient Greek (working knowledge), Latin (working knowledge), Classical Hebrew (working knowledge), Modern Hebrew (advanced/daleth), Arabic (working knowledge),  Syriac (working knowledge), Aramaic (working knowledge), Coptic (working knowledge), Ancient Georgian (elementary knowledge), Ancient Armenian (reading knowledge), Middle Egyptian (reading knowledge), Japanese (elementary knowledge), Persian (elementary knowledge).


  • Redaction of Ethiopic and Syriac texts for Lanier, G.R. Corpus Christologicum: Texts and Translations for the Study of Jewish Messianism and Early Christology, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2021.
  • 2020 (March) Cambridge-Yale Biblical Semantics Workshop (accepted to the workshop but the workshop did not happen because of the covid-19)
  • 2018/2019 – leading the pilot research project ‘Peshitta Pentateuch Geography’ within the larger project ‘LinkSyr: Linking Syriac Data’ organized by The Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) and CLARIAH (
  • 2018 – coorganized the Conference 'The Human Brain and Human Person'; one of the keynote speakers of the conference ['What is 'knowledge' and what is 'person' in Late Antiquity?]
  • 2017 - Member of the organising committee of the conference 'Being Jewish, Writing Greek: Literary Form and Cultural Identity' (University of Cambridge, September 6th-8th 2017)
  • 2016 – organized the Study Week and Conference on Rationality and the problem of Evil (Trogir) in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics ( University of Zagreb) and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (University of Oxford)
  • Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb – teaching Greek philosophy in Jewish writings (2015-2016)


  • Experience in teaching [in French, English and Croatian], Introduction to the Bible (short term (several days/weeks) courses in the religious environment for beginners), Patristics (DOMUNI*), Biblical Hebrew (DOMUNI), Greek (summer course - Westminster college, Cambridge*), Aramaic (DOMUNI), Syriac (Syriac reading group- Cambridge), History (Catholic University of Croatia, Zagreb), Philosophy (Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Zagreb), Hellenistic Judaism (Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Zagreb)
  • Syriac reading group (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, 2017/2018; 2018/2019 – research level
  • Teaching Advanced Greek [Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge, 2018 (VTBS)] - mainly Hellenistic and Biblical Greek (LXX)


Edited volumes:

  • Velika Ilustrirana Biblija: od stvaranja do uskrsnuća (Zagreb: Mozaik knjiga, 2017), pp. 512 [redaction of the Croatian translation].
  • Synthesis philosophica, 32.1 (2017), pp. 1-245. [co-edited with Marija Selak]

Recent Papers:

  • Manuscript – More than a Translation, Dominicans in Croatia conference, Dubrovnik, 24-25 September, 2021.
  • “παράδεισος as/and κῆπος”, in The Legacy of Soisalon-Soininen: Towards a Syntax of Septuagint Greek (ed. T. Kauhanen), DSI:Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020, 207-222.
  • Historical and Methodological Considerations for Making Syriac Lexica [International Syriac Language Project (SBL-Conference), 17-20 November, 2018, Denver, Colorado (USA)]
  • Object marker(s) in Hebrew - Syriac language contact [Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew unit (SBL-Conference), 17-20 November, 2018, Denver, Colorado (USA)]
  • What the Commentary Tradition can tell us about the canon of the Peshitta? [9th World Syriac conference,  9-13 September, 2018, Kottayam, Kerala (India)] (I could not go to the conference, but the paper will be published in 2020)
  • What is 'knowledge' and what is 'person' in Late Antiquity? [September, 2018, Trogir (Croatia) Conference 'The Human Brain and the Human Person', the conference was part of the “Science, Theology and Humane Philosophy: Central and Eastern European Perspectives” Project funded by the John Templeton Foundation and was organized with the generous support of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford, the  Humane Philosophy Project, The Croatian Dominican Province, the Centre for Excellence for Integrative Bioethics, at Zagreb University, and the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw] 
  • Inner-Syriac Developments in the Peshitta: Lexicographical Issues [International Conference 'The Future of Syriac Studies & The Legacy of Sebastian Brock', Sigtuna, Sweden, June 12-15, 2018]; (The focus of the paper is on understanding lexicographical issues connected with inner-biblical allusions as well as the LXX features that might have been in contact with the Peshitta corpus)
  • Lexical indices of audience in Genesis and Proverbs [Conference 'Echoes of Audience in Ancient Writing', August 17, 2018, Heythrop College, London]
  • Targum and Peshitta: the lexeme špr [9th International Meeting of the International Organization for Targum Studies, July 9-11, 2018, University College London]
  • Semantics of Interaction Between Historical Knowledge and Spirituality [26 March, 2018, A Conference co-hosted by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, and the Center for Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw, as part of the John Templeton Foundation Grant 'Science, Theology and Humane Philosophy:Central and Eastern European Perspectives']
  • 'Bog – milosrdni pedagog kod sv. Efrema Sirijskog u kontekstu sirijske teološke tradicije', Vrhbosnensia 21.2 (2017), pp. 341-363.
  • 'Quo vadis critica?' in Filozofija i teologija u kontekstu znanstveno-tehničke civilizacije(ed. J. Oslić, A. Ćubelić, and N. Malović; Zagreb: Kršćanska sadašnjost, 2016), pp. 19-35.
  • 'Poslanje propovijedanja', Diacovensia 23.4 (2015), pp. 547-552.
  • 'Međureligijski dijalog - put do izgradnje mira', in Religije i nasilje (ed. M. Nikić, M. Marjanović; Zagreb: FTI, 2015), pp. 133-147.
  • 'Mudroslovna skicoznost u Prop 1,4-11', in Veritas vitae et doctrinae. U potrazi za istinom o čovjeku i Bogu. Zbornik u čast Hrvoja Lasića (ed. A. Gavrić, I. Šestak, Zagreb: FTI, 2012), pp. 220-233.