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Bar Hebraeus's Book of the Dove


Together with some Chapters from his Ethikon


Translated and Annotated by A.J. Wensinck
Barhebraeus' Book of the Dove, a manual for monks, with a spiritual autobiography, is here given in English translation with a substantial introduction (123 pages).
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-501-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jan 31,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 279
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-501-3
$184.40
$110.64

Barhebraeus' Book of the Dove is a manual for monks arranged according to body, soul, and spirit, with an additional section of spiritual autobiography. A.J. Wensinck's (1882-1939) English translation of the work, together with his translation of Isaac of Nineveh's treatises (also available from Gorgias Press), is his most significant work in Syriac studies. The translation is based on Bedjan's Syriac text (also available from Gorgias Press). Wensinck's substantial introduction (123 pages) discusses Barhebraeus' sources, this work's relationship to his other works, Greek and Syriac ascetic literature, and Muslim sources, Al-Ghazali in particular. Also helpful is a list of technical terms in Syriac, Arabic, and Greek, followed by an index to the book. This reprint of Wensinck's work, which makes this important text available in English, with an introduction providing abundant background material, will be appreciated by a wide variety of readers.

Barhebraeus' Book of the Dove is a manual for monks arranged according to body, soul, and spirit, with an additional section of spiritual autobiography. A.J. Wensinck's (1882-1939) English translation of the work, together with his translation of Isaac of Nineveh's treatises (also available from Gorgias Press), is his most significant work in Syriac studies. The translation is based on Bedjan's Syriac text (also available from Gorgias Press). Wensinck's substantial introduction (123 pages) discusses Barhebraeus' sources, this work's relationship to his other works, Greek and Syriac ascetic literature, and Muslim sources, Al-Ghazali in particular. Also helpful is a list of technical terms in Syriac, Arabic, and Greek, followed by an index to the book. This reprint of Wensinck's work, which makes this important text available in English, with an introduction providing abundant background material, will be appreciated by a wide variety of readers.

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  • Series Foreword (page 5)
  • Preface (page 6)
  • Contents (page 7)
  • References (page 10)
  • Introduction (page 12)
  • Chapter the First on the Bodily Service in the Monastery (page 138)
    • Section the Second on Repentance (page 139)
    • Section the Third on Renunciation (page 140)
    • Section the Fourth on Humbleness (page 141)
    • Section the Fifth on Patience (page 142)
    • Section the Sixth on the Love of the Brethren (page 143)
    • Section the Seventh on the Offences of the Tongue (page 144)
    • Section the Eighth on the Novice's Turning Backwards (page 148)
    • Section the Ninth on Directing the Novice in his Course (page 149)
    • Section the Tenth on the Tokens of [Good] Direction (page 151)
  • Chapter the Second on the Psychic Service Which is Accomplished in the Cell Section the First on the Duties of the Cell (page 152)
    • Section the Second on Solitude (page 153)
    • Section the Third on Fourfold Asceticism : Prayerm Invocation, Recitation, Meditation (page 155)
    • Section the Fourth on Ritual Prayer and the Division of Times (page 156)
    • Section the Fifth on the Reciting of Psalms and Vigils (page 158)
    • Section the Sixth on Fasting (page 160)
    • Section the Seventh on Manual Work (page 161)
    • Section the Eighth on Abiding Abroad (page 163)
    • Section the Ninth on Evil Passions (page 165)
    • Section the Tenth on Good Qualities (page 173)
  • Chapter Tyhe Third on the Spiritual Rest of the Perfect Section the First on the Beginning of the Inclinations of Perfection (page 179)
    • Section the Second on the Progress of the Inclinations of Perfection (page 180)
    • Section the Third on the Conclusive Inclinations of Perfection (page 181)
    • Section the Fourth on the Unification of the Mind When (page 182)
    • Section the Fifth on the Causes of Love (page 184)
    • Section the Sixth on the Delight Knowledge (page 185)
    • Section the Seventh on the Augmentation of the Love of God (page 186)
    • Section the Eighth on the Knowledge of God (page 187)
    • Section the Ninth on the Varying States the Perdect Have to Go Through (page 189)
    • Section the Tenth on the Fall of the Perfect (page 191)
  • Chapter Iv (page 193)
  • Book Iv Chapter Xv on the Love of God Section the First Sayrings of the Fathers Concerning the Love Unto God (page 215)
    • Section the Second the Definition of Love Its Divisions and Its Causes (page 217)
    • Section the Thrid on the Love of God as Being Justified in View of All Causes Mentioned (page 219)
    • Section the Fourth on the Delight of the Knoweledge of God Being Greater Thany Any Other Delight (page 221)
    • Section the Fifth on the Delight of the Knowledge of God Which Happens After Rather Than Before Departure (page 223)
    • Section the Sixth on the Causes Corroborating the Love of God (page 224)
    • Section the Seventh on the Diffrent Ranks of Those Who Love God (page 226)
    • Section the Eighth Why the Creatures Do Not Know the Creator (page 227)
    • Section the Ninth on the Manners in Which the Longs After God (page 229)
    • Section the Tenth on the Distinctive Marks of Those Who Love God (page 230)
    • Section the Eleventh on Consolation in God and Freedom of Speech With Him (page 233)
    • Section the Twelfth on the Troubles Initiated Bear Through the Love of God (page 235)
    • Section the Thirteenth on the Stage of the Initiated Concerning Their Love (page 237)
    • Section the Fourteenth on the Varying States the Perfect Have Togo Through (page 240)
    • Section the Fifteenth a Collection of Scattered Sayings Concerning Love (page 243)
  • BOOK 1, CHAPTER V ON MUSIC SECTION THE FIRST ON THE VIEWS OF THOSE SOLITARIES WHO REJECT MUSIC (page 248)
    • Section the Second (page 250)
    • Section the Third (page 251)
    • Section the Fourth (page 254)
    • Section the Fifth (page 255)
    • Section the Sixth (page 256)
    • Section the Seventh (page 257)
    • Section the Eighth (page 259)
    • Section the Ninth (page 262)
  • List of Technical Terms in Syriac Arabic and Greek (page 264)
  • General Register (page 271)
  • Corrections (page 279)
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