PUBLICATIONS

                Brian Edric  COLLESS   PhD ThD

 Born 12 July 1936

    B.A. (Hons II, French)  Sydney  University 1957
    Dip. Ed. Sydney University 1958
    B.D. (Hons II, Hebrew)  London University 1963
    M.A. (Hons I, Hebrew)  Melbourne University 1965
    Ph.D.  Melbourne University 1968
    Th.D.  Australian College of Theology 1977

     BOOKS (Author, Editor, Contributor)

Syriac Mysticism, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (edited by Julia A. Lamm, 2013) 177-189

R.E. Jordaan & B.E. Colless, The  Maharajas of the Isles : The Sailendras and the problem of Srivijaya, Semaian 25 Leiden 2009

 The Wisdom of the Pearlers: An Anthology of Syriac Christian Mysticism
    Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2008

The Mystical Discourses of John Saba. (Introduction and edition of Syriac text)
    Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Melbourne, 1969

Hieroglyph and Cuneiform. Ancient Religious Writings.
    Religious Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, 1998

Hindu Scriptures.  Readings from the Vedas.
    Religious Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, 1982

Religion in New Zealand Society.
    Edited by Brian Colless and Peter Donovan. Dunmore Press, Palmerston North.
    1st Edition 1980,  2nd Edition 1985

Beliefs and Practices in New Zealand.  A Directory.
    Edited by Peter Donovan, assistant editors Enid Bennet and Brian Colless.
    2nd Edition, Religious Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, 1985

The Religion of Moses as the First Cargo Cult in History
    The Religious Dimension, 72 -75.
    Edited by John Hinchcliff. Rep Prep, Auckland, 1976

Divine Revelation and Divine Education in the Bible
    Religious Studies in the Pacific, 109-117
    Edited by John Hinchcliff. Colloquium Publishers, Auckland, 1978

Armenians in Southern and Eastern Asia
    The Wandering Armenians,  41-44
    Edited by Aramais Mirzaian and Charles Price.  Sydney, 1980

Articles on Pacific Religions.
    The Penguin Dictionary of Religions.  
    Edited by John R. Hinnells. Harmondsworth, 1984

Pacific Religions.
    B.Colless and P.Donovan, A  Handbook of Living Religions,  413-424
    Edited by John R. Hinnells.  Harmondsworth,  1984

Ancient Afro-Asian Kingship Roles
    Patterns of Kingship and Authority in Traditional Asia, 131-157
    Edited by Ian Mabbett.  Croom Helm,  London,  1985

Christianity: Alternative Churches,
    Religions of New Zealanders, 102-117
    ed. Peter Donovan,1990

The Use of Typologies in Phenomenology of Religion,
    Religious Studies in Dialogue: Essays in Honour of Albert C. Moore, 19-25
    (Dunedin 1991)

Yahweh and his Asherah: A Canaanite Point of View on the Religion of Ancient Israel,    
    To Strive and Not to Yield: Essays in Honour of Colin Brown, 61-70
    ed. James Veitch (Victoria University of Wellington 1992)

Ba‘al's Relations with Canaanite Goddesses,
    Religion in the Ancient World: New Themes and  Approaches,
    ed. Matthew Dillon (Amsterdam 1996) 79-89

    JOURNAL ARTICLES

Abr-Nahrain (Ancient Near Eastern Studies)
The Traders of the Pearl: The Mercantile and Missionary Activities of Persian and Armenian Christians in South-East Asia.
    1. Merchants and Missionaries. 9 (1970) 17-38
    2. The Malay Peninsula. 10 (1971) 102-121
    3. The Malay Archipelago.  11 (1971 sic) 1-21
    4. The Indochina Peninsula. 13 (1973) 115-135
    5. The Burman Peninsula. 14 (1974) 1-16
    6. The Tibetan Plateau. 15 (1975) 6-17
    7. Churches and Communities  18 (1978) 1-18
The Nestorian Province of Samarqand.   24 (1986)  51-57
The Letter to the Hebrews and the Song of the Pearl.  25 (1987) 40-55
Recent Discoveries Illuminating the Origin of the Alphabet. 26 (1988) 30-67
The Proto-Alphabetic Inscriptions of Sinai.  28 (1990) 1-52
The Proto-Alphabetic Inscriptions of Canaan.  29 (1991) 18-66
The Byblos Syllabary and the Proto-Alphabet.  30 (1992) 55-102
The Syllabic Inscriptions of Byblos: Text D.  31 (1993) 1-35
The Syllabic Inscriptions of Byblos: Texts C and A. 32 (1994) 59-79
The Syllabic Inscriptions of Byblos: Texts B, E, F, I, K,  33 (1995) 17-29
The Syllabic Inscriptions of Byblos: Miscellaneous Texts. 34 (1997) 59-79
The Canaanite Syllabary. 35 (1998) 28-46

The Egyptian and Mesopotamian Contributions to the Origins of the Alphabet, in Guy Bunnens (ed.), Cultural Interaction in The Ancient Near East, Abr-Nahrain Supplement Series 5 (1995): 67-76.

Antiguo Oriente
Proto-Alphabetic Inscriptions from the Wadi Arabah. 8 (2010) 75-96
The Origin of the Alphabet: An Examination of the Goldwasser Hypothesis. 12 (2014) 71-104

Archipel
Satingpra in Sung Dynasty Records. 37 (1989) 31-42

Biblia Revuo
Edukado en la Antikva Proksima Oriento.  5 (1966) 49-72
Dio la Patrino. 7 (1966) 11-27
Dio la Sagulo. 4, 3 (1968) 5-13
Dio la Patro.  4, 4 (1968) 5-19

Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde
A Note on the Names of the Kings of Java in the Ming History.  131 (1975)  487-489

Brunei Museum Journal
Were the Gold Mines Of Ancient Java in Borneo?  3, 3 (1975) 146-157
Ancient Chinese Accounts of Asian Volcanoes.  4, 1 (1977) 185-196
The Ta-shih Country of the Southern Sea. 4, 3, (1979) 22-30
P'u-lo-chung as Third-Century Borneo.  6, 2 (1986)  1-12

East and West
Han and Shen-tu. China's Ancient Relations with South Asia. 30 (1980) 157-177

Evangelical Quarterly
The Legacy of the Ancient Syrian Church.  40, 2 (1968) 183-196 pdf

Hemisphere
The Travels of Marignolli.  17, 9 (1973) 32-37
City with Many Names (Edessa).  19, 3 (1975) 32-37
Bright Like a Pearl (The Nestorian Church).  22, 5, (1978) 15-19

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Cyrus the Persian as Darius the Mede in the Book of Daniel. 56 (1992) 113-126

Journal of Christian Education
The Divine Teacher Figure in Biblical Theology. 10 (1967) 24-38,  112-123,  151-162
The Early Bible Colleges of Persia and the First Christian Missionaries in South-East Asia.
    12, 3 (1969) 151-158
The Divine Education Concept in Christian Theology. 15 (1972) 177-190
Religious Studies in New Zealand Universities. 51 (1974) 17-27

Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Persian Merchants and Missionaries in Medieval Malaya.  42, 2 (1969)  10-47
Majapahit Revisited.  External Evidence on the Geography and Ethnology of East Java in the
    Majapahit Period.  48, 2 (1975) 124-161

Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia
Walaing and the Sailendras of Java.  7 (1970) 15-22
The Ancient Bnam Empire. Fu-nan and Po-nan.  9 (1972-1973)  21-31

Journal of Religious History
The place of Syrian Christian Mysticism in Religious History.  5, 1 (1968) 1-15

Journal of Southeast Asian History
Giovanni de' Marignolli. An Italian Prelate at the Court of the South-East Asian Queen of Sheba. 9, 2 (1968) 325-341
The Ancient History of Singapore.  10, 1 (1969) 1-11

Journal of Tropical Geography
The Early Western Ports of the Malay Peninsula.   29 (1969) 1-9

Milla wa-Milla
A Pot-pourri of Eastern Mysticism.  Mingana Syriac MS  No. 86.    6 (1966) 34-43
Education in the Ancient Syrian Church.   7 (1967)  21-30
The Pearl and Grail Quests.  15 (1975) 27-35

Music in the Air
The Seven Deadly Sins. 27 (2009) 15-26

Numen
Divine Education.   17, 2 (1970)  118-142

Orientalia Christiana Periodica
The Mysticism of John Saba.  39, 1 (1973) 83-102
The Mysticism of Bar Hebraeus. 54, 1 (1988) 153-173

L'Orient Syrien
Le mystère de Jean Saba.   12, 4 (1967)  515-523

Parole de l'Orient
The Biographies of John Saba.  3, 1 (1972) 45-63

Southeast Asian Archives
Sources for the Majapahit Period of Java's History.  8 (1975)  3-9

    CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association


Muslim Sufism and Syrian Christian Mysticism.  11 (1967)  36-49

Majapahit Java.   14  (1972)  37-38

The Theology of the Pentateuch.   14 (1972)  261-264

Volcanoes in Ancient Chinese Writings.   15 (1973)  6.15-16

The Future of Pentateuch and  Qur'an Criticism.   15 (1973)  16.17-19

International Congress of Orientalists

Gold in Ancient Insulindia.   29 (1973)  Paris  (Southeast Asia Section) Indonésie,  63-65

La vie ascétique selon Jean de Dalyatha.   29 (1973)  Paris  (Christian Orient Section)  23-26

International Conference on Asian History

Sources for the Majapahit Period in Java  (Sources for Asian History Section)

The Extent of the Srivijayan Empire  (International Relations Section)

 International Conference on Chinese Studies

Han and Ta-ch'in.  China's Ancient Relations with the West.
    Waikato University  China Papers.  Proceedings of the First New Zealand International
    Conference on Chinese Studies. Part 1 (1972) 56-66

International Religious Studies Conference


The Second Coming  as a Mystical Experience.
    Religions and Change. International Religious Studies Conference. Victoria University, Wellington (1983) 146-165