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Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on Simon Peter, when our Lord said ‘Get behind me, Satan’


Translation and Introduction by Adam Carter McCollum
Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on Simon Peter, when our Lord said, “Get behind me Satan!” (Matt 16:23) touches the themes of Jesus’ divinity and death, warfare with Satan, the harrowing of hell, and his relationship with Peter. Peter’s rebuke of Jesus’ willingness to die gives Jesus (through Jacob) the occasion to explain what his death will accomplish. The volume constitutes a fascicle of The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain the original Syriac text of Jacob's surviving sermons, fully vocalized, alongside an annotated English translation.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-214-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 26,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 73
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-60724-214-7
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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 his homily on Simon Peter. 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 his homily on Simon Peter. 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 7)
  • List of Abbreviations (page 9)
  • Introduction (page 11)
  • Text and Translation (page 17)
    • Introductory prayer to speak of the Son of God (page 18)
    • The triumph of the unlearned over the wise of this world (page 24)
    • Summary of the biblical account in which Jesus rebukes Simon (page 26)
    • Satans jealousy of Simon (page 28)
    • Satans soliloquy (page 32)
    • Satans schemes and snares, Judas (page 34)
    • Satan counsels Simon in opposition to Jesus death (page 40)
    • Jesus recognizes Satans counsels (page 44)
    • Jesus gives the plan and purpose of His death (page 48)
    • Jesus points out prophecies about Himself from the Old Testament (page 56)
    • The effects of Jesus death (page 58)
    • Jesus explains the error in Simons thinking (page 60)
    • Conclusion: Satan flees, Simon remains (page 66)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 73)
  • Index of Names and Subjects (page 77)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 79)
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