ANTELIAS: New volume of religion textbook series released

Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Contact: V.Rev.Fr.Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
Fax: (04) 419724
E- mail: [email protected]

PO Box 70 317

Armenian version:


The fourth volume of the religious textbook series, preparation of which
started last year in Antelias, was published recently by the Catholicosate
of Cilicia’s publishing house. The volume includes biblical and religious
topics prepared specially for 12 year old schoolchildren.

The series, being prepared under the directions of His Holiness Aram I,
comes to satisfy a need felt for long in Armenian and Sunday Schools given
the necessity to modernize the existing textbooks. Upon the Pontiff’s
decision, V. Rev. Krikor Chiftjian of the Cilician Brotherhood edited the

The series is the result of the joint efforts of the Catholicosate of
Cilicia’s Publishing Committee, the Prelacy of Lebanon and the Gospel Light
and World Vision organizations. In addition to general religious
information, the textbooks include information on the history of the
Armenian Church, feasts and traditions as well as basic information about
the church’s saints.

Given that it’s prepared for young schoolchildren, the textbook also has
sections on in-class exercises and games, colored pictures and iconography.
The first cover of the textbook has the picture of "the Virgin Mary and Baby
Jesus" by K. Khandjian, whereas the second cover has the picture of the
silver-coated cover of "The Bible of Partsrapert" (1248, Cilicia Museum,

The textbook also has a teacher’s guide that provides pedagogical
explanations for each lesson.
View the cover here:

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