Hymns on Paradise
St Ephrem the Syrian's cycle of fifteen hymns on paradise offers a fine example of Christian poetry, in which the author weaves a profound theological synthesis around a particular Biblical narrative. Centered on Genesis 2 and 3, he expresses his awareness of the sacramental character of the created world, and of the potential of everything in the created world to act as a witness and pointer to the creator. God's two witnesses, says Ephrem, are: 'Nature, through man's use of it, [and] Scripture, through his reading it." In his writing, Ephrem posits an inherent link between the material and spiritual worlds. St Ephrem's mode of theological discussion is essentially Biblical and Semitic in character. He uses types and symbols to express connections or relationships to 'reveal' something that is otherwise 'hidden,' particularly expressing meanings between the Old Testament and the New, between this world and the heavenly, between the New Testament and the sacraments, and between the sacraments and the eschaton. His theology is not tied to a particular cultural or philosophical background, but operates by means of imagery and symbolism basic to all human experience.
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Review: Hymns on ParadiseUser Review - Volkert - Goodreads
Inspiring poetry from the 4th Century saint comparing our destination of Paradise to that which we lost in the Fall. This is beautiful hymnody. It follows with St. Ephrem's commentary on the first two chapters of Genesis, which sheds more light on his "Hymns on Paradise." Read full review
Review: Hymns on ParadiseUser Review - Dave Woods - Goodreads
St.Ephraem is nasty with his spirituality. Obi Wan would say that "the force is strong with this one". This dude makes Mother Theresa look elementary. This cat makes Blessed JP II look a energetic ... Read full review