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Anton Baumstark presents a historical survey of the development of the exegetical methods of the Syriac Orthodox (“Jacobite/Monophysite”) tradition. Baumstark conducts this survey by detailing the influence of various exegetical works through three distinct historical periods.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-690-9
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Series: Analecta Gorgiana 413
Publication Date: Dec 18,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 51
Language: German
ISBN: 978-1-60724-690-9
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A historical survey of the exegetical methods of the Syriac Orthodox tradition (also known as the “Jacobite” or “Monophysite” tradition) reveals a complex confluence of sources and influences. In his survey of this tradition, Anton Baumstark discusses three distinct historical periods each characterized by the writings of various exegetical works: 1) the period prior to the christological councils of the fifth-century, which Baumstrark describes as the “native” Syriac tradition represented solely by Ephrem; 2) the period of influence of the Greek traditions (Alexandrine and Antiochene), represented by the works of writers such as Cyril, Theodore, and John Chrysostom; 3) and the period following the sixth-century in which the exegetical tradition was not dominated by single teachers, but rather developed with multiple influences. Baumstark only mentions the first period in passing, but describes the latter two periods in great detail, including discussions of how the Greek sources came into Syriac and how extensive their influences were. The survey covers the historical period from the translations of the fifth-century Greek fathers to Gregory Bar Hebraeus. Baumstark’s presentation of the material, while certainly not comprehensive, is detailed enough to provide an excellent overview of the historical development of the Syriac Orthodox exegetical tradition.

A historical survey of the exegetical methods of the Syriac Orthodox tradition (also known as the “Jacobite” or “Monophysite” tradition) reveals a complex confluence of sources and influences. In his survey of this tradition, Anton Baumstark discusses three distinct historical periods each characterized by the writings of various exegetical works: 1) the period prior to the christological councils of the fifth-century, which Baumstrark describes as the “native” Syriac tradition represented solely by Ephrem; 2) the period of influence of the Greek traditions (Alexandrine and Antiochene), represented by the works of writers such as Cyril, Theodore, and John Chrysostom; 3) and the period following the sixth-century in which the exegetical tradition was not dominated by single teachers, but rather developed with multiple influences. Baumstark only mentions the first period in passing, but describes the latter two periods in great detail, including discussions of how the Greek sources came into Syriac and how extensive their influences were. The survey covers the historical period from the translations of the fifth-century Greek fathers to Gregory Bar Hebraeus. Baumstark’s presentation of the material, while certainly not comprehensive, is detailed enough to provide an excellent overview of the historical development of the Syriac Orthodox exegetical tradition.

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