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Singer of the Word of God


Ephrem the Syrian and his Significance in Late Antiquity


As the first volume of the Sebastianyotho series, this book collects Sebastian P. Brock’s articles related to Ephrem the Syrian.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-3922-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Sebastianyotho 1
Publication Date: Jul 9,2020
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 388
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3922-0
$179.00
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As the first volume of the Sebastianyotho series, this book collects Sebastian P. Brock’s articles related to Ephrem the Syrian. Many of the articles have been updated and some are published in English for the first time alongside a number of previously published works. The articles cover a wide array of topics, including a biographical overview of the saint, an exposition of St. Ephrem’s importance for Christianity today and his relevance as a theologian, an analysis of some of his works, and a bibliographic guide to editions of these works. 

As the first volume of the Sebastianyotho series, this book collects Sebastian P. Brock’s articles related to Ephrem the Syrian. Many of the articles have been updated and some are published in English for the first time alongside a number of previously published works. The articles cover a wide array of topics, including a biographical overview of the saint, an exposition of St. Ephrem’s importance for Christianity today and his relevance as a theologian, an analysis of some of his works, and a bibliographic guide to editions of these works. 

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Contributor Biography

Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

Table of Contents (v)
Series Foreword (vii) 
Author’s Foreword (ix)
1  Some reflections on the wider significance of St Ephrem and the Syriac tradition (1)
2  St Ephrem and his importance for today (11)
3  The many faces of St Ephrem (19)
4  In search of St Ephrem (25)
5  The changing faces of St Ephrem as read in the West (39)
6  The Armenian Life of St Ephrem and its Syriac source (53)

THEMES

7  St Ephrem, singer of the word of God (67)
8  The poet as theologian (81)
9  Theology through poetry: the example of St Ephrem (91)
10  St Ephrem and his ‘sea of symbols’ (103)
11  St Ephrem the Syrian on reading Scripture (117)
12  The use of the New Testament in the writings of Mor Ephrem (129)
13  St Ephrem on women in the Old Testament (141)
14  The guidance of St Ephrem: a vision to live by (151)

PARTICULAR TEXTS

15  Ephrem’s Letter to Publius (163)
16  The poetic artistry of St Ephrem: an analysis of H. Azym. III. (203)
17  St Ephrem on Christ as Light in Mary and in the Jordan (H. de Ecclesia 36) (209)
18  A Hymn of St Ephrem on the Eucharist (217)
19  Ephrem’s verse homily on Jonah and the repentance of Nineveh (225)
20  ‘Blessed is that old age which has grown old with good deeds’: A neglected poem attributed to St Ephrem (241)

TRANSMISSION

21  The transmission of Ephrem’s madrashe in the Syriac liturgical tradition (255)
22  St Ephrem in the eyes of the later Syriac liturgical tradition (271)
23  Greek words in Ephrem and Narsai: a comparative sampling (289)
24 A brief guide to the main editions and translations of the works of St Ephrem (301)

Index (363)

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