By Beggiani Seely

ISBN-10: 0813227011

ISBN-13: 9780813227016

St. Ephrem, who was once proclaimed a physician of the Church via Pope Benedict XV, and Jacob of Serugh have been of the earliest and most vital representatives of the theological world-view of the Syriac church. a lot in their paintings used to be within the type of hymns and metrical homilies, utilizing poetry to precise theology. In Early Syriac Theology, Chorbishop Seely Joseph Beggiani strives to give their insights in a scientific shape in accordance with headings utilized in western treatises, whereas now not undermining the originality and cohesiveness in their thought.

For St. Ephrem of Syria (d. 373) and Jacob of Serugh (d. 521), God is totally mysterious, but he's found in all that He has created. The kenosis (self-emptying) of the observe of God is located not just within the human nature of Christ, yet within the finite phrases of Sacred Scripture. during this motion, the Divine makes itself available to people. The triple descent of the Son of God into the womb of Mary, the Jordan River at his baptism, and into sheol at his dying, have been activities directed either to redemption and divinization. Ephrem and Jacob hired a procedure of varieties and antitypes utilized in Sacred Scripture to illustrate the sacraments as extensions of Christ’s activities via history.

The fabric is geared up below the topics of the hiddenness of God, production and sin, revelation, incarnation, redemption, divinization and the Holy Spirit, the Church, Mary, the mysteries of initiation, eschatology and religion. also, the ebook highlights the truth that the liturgical culture of the Maronite church, one of many Syriac church buildings, is continually and pervasively a residing expression of the theology of those Syriac church fathers.


Chorbishop Seely Joseph Beggiani is adjunct affiliate professor of non secular stories and theology, The Catholic collage of America.


"Provides a sweeping evaluation of the detailed subject matters and themes of early Syriac theology. . . there's no such evaluate to be had, specifically in English." --Dr. Robert A. Kitchen

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14 Types, Symbols, and Paradox For Ephrem the principal way that God’s manifestation in creation can be expressed is in type, symbol, and mystery. He uses the Syriac term raza to express these ideas. 16 Second, it refers to mystery—that is, a reality that surpasses human intelligence (for example, in On the Crucifixion, No. 8, 5, regarding the being of Christ). In the New Testament the term “mystery” was used in the sense of Jesus’ 13. Ephrem, Hymns on Paradise, No. 11, 6–7, in Saint Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns on Paradise, trans.

It may be rooted in the primordial light described in Genesis, or the universal symbol of light representing goodness, while darkness symbolizes chaos and evil. ”23 Christ is described in terms of light especially in his baptism at the Jordan; his cross is seen exalted as a cross of light and a lighthouse. The light that is Christ shatters the darkness of sheol, and the shining face of the Father and/or Christ is the hope of the deceased. This theme of light coincides perhaps with the vision of God as light in various mystical traditions.

The eschatological theme of the light that will not end is seen in the prayer of conclusion of the common for evening prayer: By your will, Lord, you have made the day to cease and the night to come, and it is by your order that night reigns; be for us that great day that does not pass away! At twilight, make your light to shine in our hearts and in the darkness of night enlighten us by the knowledge of your truth. 24. Brock, “St. 1. 12 The Hiddenness of God The theme of light is specifically applied to the God-man.

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