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Brigham Young University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 279 pages
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Ephrem the Syrian is the most important poet and theologian of the Syriac Christian tradition. His numerous hymns, homilies, and commentaries were highly influential for later generations, and his poetry continues to be broadly used in the liturgies of Syrian Christian churches. This new translation of twenty poems, the only edition of Ephrem that features a text in vocalized serto script with a facing translation, offers a broad and varied introduction to Ephrem's work. Arranged according to his concept of salvation history, this book will allow readers to further explore his poetry in both its original language and in a contemporary English translation.

 

 

 

 

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Contents

On Reading the Paradise Narrative Par 5
2
On Human Language about God Fid 31
16
The Symbols Depicted by Noah in the
28
The Paradox of Marys Birthgiving Nat 11
39
Marys Invitation to Everyone Nat 17
47
Mary and Eve as the Worlds Two Eyes Eccl 37
62
Christ as Light in Mary and in the Jordan
68
The Paradoxes of the Incarnation Res 1
79
Satans Complaint Mr 41
134
A Disputation between Death and Satan Nis 53
155
Joy at the Resurrection Res 2
169
Oil and Its Symbols Virg 7
181
The Mysteries of the Eucharist Fid 10
200
The Eucharistic Marriage Feast Fid 14
215
Nisibis under Siege in Comparison with
222
The Pearl and Its Symbolism Fid 82
246

On the Fall Ieiun 3
96
Eyes that are Blind and Eyes that are Opened
105
The Two Lambs Compared Azym 3
112
Christ the New Passover Lamb Cruc 2
122
Main Editions and English Translations
259
Bibliography
265
Index of Scripture Citations
275
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Sebastian P. Brock was, until his retirement in 2003, a reader in Syriac studies at the University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books, including The Bible in Syriac Tradition and An Outline of Syriac Literature.George A. Kiraz is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute and president of Gorgias Press. He is the author of several books, including Lexical Tools to the Syriac New Testament. 
 

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