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Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on Jesus' Temptation


Edited and Translated by Adam Carter McCollum
This volume presents, with introduction and annotations, two metrical homilies (Bedjan nos. 82, 126) of Jacob of Sarug in which he reflects on the Temptation of Jesus as combat between Satan and Jesus, the latter emerging as the humble victor.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0285-9
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 14,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 152
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0285-9
$55.64
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Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains two of his homilies on the temptation of Jesus. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.

Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains two of his homilies on the temptation of Jesus. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.

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Contributor Biography

Adam McCollum

Adam McCollum earned his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio (2009) and he currently works as Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Acknowledgements (page 7)
  • Preface (page 9)
  • Abbreviations (page 11)
  • Introduction (page 13)
    • Outline of the two homilies (page 14)
    • Manuscripts containing these homilies (page 15)
    • Jacob and the Temptation narratives in the Bible (page 18)
    • Biblical antecedents (page 19)
    • Jacob among other interpreters (page 19)
    • The Vocabulary of Aggression (page 23)
    • The Vocabulary of Humility (page 28)
    • Diabolical Descriptions and Denominations (page 31)
    • Conclusion (page 33)
  • Text and Translation (page 35)
    • Homily 82: On our Lord's Combat with Satan (page 36)
    • Homily 126: The Second Homily on our Lord's Fight with Satan (page 94)
  • Index of Names and Subjects (page 147)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 151)
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