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Moshe Bar Kepha's Commentary on the Gospel of Luke


Edited and Translated by Abdul-Massih Saadi
Moshe Bar Kepha was a prolific writer of the ninth century. His writings reflect various aspects of West Syriac theology and ecclesiology, and his literary legacy links the earlier Syriac exegetical tradition (beginning with Ephrem) with the Syriac 'Renaissance' of the eleventh to thirteenth centuries. His use of sources crosses Christian confessional boundaries in such a way that his works are tinged with aspects of Syriac exegesis from both East and West Syriac traditions. In his Commentary on Luke, the Muslim-dominated context in which Moshe lived is clearly evident in the background, and his aim is to fortify the credibility of the Christian faith and the validity of Christian doctrines for his readers.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4221-3
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Publication Status: Forthcoming

Publication Date: Aug 27,2020
Interior Color: Black with Color Inserts
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 498
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4221-3
$156.00
$124.80
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Moshe Bar Kepha was a prolific writer of the ninth century. His writings reflect various aspects of West Syriac theology, ecclesiology, and apology. His literary legacy links the earlier Syriac exegetical tradition (beginning with Ephrem) with the Syriac 'Renaissance' of the eleventh to thirteenth centuries. His use of sources crosses Christian confessional boundaries in such a way that his works are tinged with aspects of Syriac exegesis from both East and West Syriac traditions. Moshe Bar Kepha is the first Syriac exegete to comment on every verse of the Gospel rather than treating one episode after another. In his Commentary on Luke, the Muslim-dominated context in which Moshe lived is clearly evident in the background, and his aim is to fortify the credibility of the Christian faith and the validity of Christian doctrines for his readers. Along with the Commentary’s rich apologetic content, the text is a gold mine, preserving earlier Syriac patristic interpretations from the fourth century onward.

Moshe Bar Kepha was a prolific writer of the ninth century. His writings reflect various aspects of West Syriac theology, ecclesiology, and apology. His literary legacy links the earlier Syriac exegetical tradition (beginning with Ephrem) with the Syriac 'Renaissance' of the eleventh to thirteenth centuries. His use of sources crosses Christian confessional boundaries in such a way that his works are tinged with aspects of Syriac exegesis from both East and West Syriac traditions. Moshe Bar Kepha is the first Syriac exegete to comment on every verse of the Gospel rather than treating one episode after another. In his Commentary on Luke, the Muslim-dominated context in which Moshe lived is clearly evident in the background, and his aim is to fortify the credibility of the Christian faith and the validity of Christian doctrines for his readers. Along with the Commentary’s rich apologetic content, the text is a gold mine, preserving earlier Syriac patristic interpretations from the fourth century onward.

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Contributor Biography

Abdul-Massih Saadi

Dr. Abdul-Massih Saadi is an associate professor of Syriac and Arabic at Baylor University. He catalogued the Vööbus’ Syriac Manuscripts Collection, which is currently hosted by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. In addition to many articles he has written on Moshe Bar Kepha’s works, he edited and translated Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause of the Celebration of the Nativity. In the biblical field, he translated the Syriac Bible (Peshitta) into Suryoyo of Turabdin, and also co-translated it into Modern Standard Arabic, and the Mardini dialect.

Table of Contents  (v) 
Preface (vii) 
Acknowledgments (ix)
Abbreviations and Sigla (xi)
   Commonly Cited Sources (xi) 
   Sigla (xiii)
Introduction (1)
   Moshe Bar Kepha: Churchman and Exegete (1) 
   Contexts and Apologetic Implication of the Commentary on Luke (3) 
   Authenticity, Authorship and Content of the Commentary on Luke (7) 
   Moshe Bar Kepha and the History of Syriac Exegesis (8) 
   Moshe Bar Kepha’s Sources (11)
      Moshe Bar Kepha’s Commentary on Luke and Ephrem’s Commentary on the Diatessaron (12)
      Moshe Bar Kepha’s Commentary on Luke and Philoxenus’ Commentary on Matthew and Luke (14) 
   The Commentary on Luke and Syriac Biblical Versions (16) 
   Moshe Bar Kepha in the Scholarly Traditions of East and West (18) 
      Moshe Bar Kepha in Eastern Scholarship (18) 
      Moshe Bar Kepha in Western Scholarship (20) 
      Editions, Translations and Studies of Moshe Bar Kepha’s Exegesis (24) 
   Conclusion (26) 
   Notes on the Translation (26)
Translation (29)
Edition (275)
   Editing the Text (276)
Bibliography (469)