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Five homilies by Jacob of Sarug on women whom Jesus met: the Canaanite Woman, the Samaritan Woman, the Hemorrhaging Woman, the Woman Bent Double, and Jairus' Daughter.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0580-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jul 7,2016
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 297
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0580-5
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The Gospels contain a number of stories about women whom Jesus met during his ministry. Most of these women are unnamed, but their stories were important for ancient Christians and continue to be so throughout Christian history. In this volume, we collect five verse homilies by the great Syriac poet preacher, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) that treat these encounters: on the Canaanite Woman, on the Samaritan Woman, on the Hemorrhaging Woman, on the Woman Bent Double, and on Jairus' Daughter. In each of these stories, the unnamed woman suffered affliction, whether physical, psychological, moral or ethical. To each one Jesus offered healing by word and by deed.

These verse homilies also provide vivid examples of Jacob of Sarug's preaching. Crafted with lyrical beauty, presented in lively manner, and displaying profound discernment into human nature, they demonstrate why and how Jacob came to be called "the Flute of the Holy Spirit" in Syriac tradition.

The Gospels contain a number of stories about women whom Jesus met during his ministry. Most of these women are unnamed, but their stories were important for ancient Christians and continue to be so throughout Christian history. In this volume, we collect five verse homilies by the great Syriac poet preacher, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) that treat these encounters: on the Canaanite Woman, on the Samaritan Woman, on the Hemorrhaging Woman, on the Woman Bent Double, and on Jairus' Daughter. In each of these stories, the unnamed woman suffered affliction, whether physical, psychological, moral or ethical. To each one Jesus offered healing by word and by deed.

These verse homilies also provide vivid examples of Jacob of Sarug's preaching. Crafted with lyrical beauty, presented in lively manner, and displaying profound discernment into human nature, they demonstrate why and how Jacob came to be called "the Flute of the Holy Spirit" in Syriac tradition.

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Contributor Biography

Susan Harvey

Susan Ashbrook Harvey is the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. She has published extensively on Syriac and Byzantine Christianity, and has a particular interest in women and their representation in ancient Christianity.

Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

Reyhan Durmaz

Michael Payne

Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos

Daniel Picus

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Abbreviations (page 9)
  • Preface (page 11)
    • Note on the translations (page 13)
  • Homily 17: On the Canaanite Woman (page 15)
    • Outline (page 20)
    • Text and Translation (page 22)
  • Homily 46: On the Samaritan Woman (page 65)
    • Outline (page 69)
    • Text and Translation (page 72)
  • Homily 169: On the Woman Hunched Over (page 139)
    • Outline (page 142)
    • Text and Translation (page 144)
  • Homily 170: On the Afflicted Woman with the Flow of Blood (page 185)
    • Outline (page 187)
    • Text and Translation (page 192)
  • Homily 91: On Jairus' Daughter (page 249)
    • Outline (page 249)
    • Text and Translation (page 254)
  • Bibliography (page 287)
  • Index of Names and Terms (page 291)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 295)
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