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Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Ascension of Our Lord


Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug


Translation and Introduction by Thomas Kollamparampil
In Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on the Ascension of our Lord, Jacob brings his understanding of the saving action of Christ to fullest poetic expression. Jacob describes how the whole of creation, starting from the beginning of history, is redeemed by Christ’s action as he reclaims his rightful place in the heavens. 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
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-141-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jan 1,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 76
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-60724-141-6
$34.00

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 the Ascension of Our Lord. 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 the Ascension of Our Lord. 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

Thomas Kollamparampil

Thomas Kollamparampil is a member of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), having an M.St. in Syriac studies from the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, U.K. and a Th.D. from the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum, Rome. His specialization is in Syriac Fathers with his doctoral dissertation on Jacob of Serugh. He has also published the English translations of Jacob’s homilies on the dominical feasts, Jacob of Serugh: Select Festal Homilies. His English translations of the metrical homilies of Jacob are already published in the bilingual edition of Jacob of Serugh’s homilies from the Gorgias Press, NJ, USA. He is a professor at the Faculty of Theology, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Bangalore, India.

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • List of Abbreviations (page 9)
  • Introduction (page 11)
    • Outline (page 11)
    • Summary (page 13)
  • Text and Translation (page 15)
    • The Praise of the Living Harp and the Eloquent Strings (page 16)
    • The Humility of the Unconfined and the Indestructible Word (page 16)
    • The Hidden and the Revealed Only-Begotten (page 20)
    • The Descent of the Son for Redemption (page 22)
    • The Embodied Saviour (page 24)
    • The Road of the Slaughtered-One to His Father (page 28)
    • The Perfection of the Road of Proclamation in Forty Days (page 30)
    • The Mystery of the Ascension from the Mountain of Olives (page 34)
    • The Sons of the Mystery as Witnesses to the Whole Way of the Son (page 34)
    • The Abiding and Sustaining Presence of the Trinity (page 36)
    • The Ascent of Christ, the Mediator, Reconciler and Redeemer (page 40)
    • The Course of the Sun and the Course of the Sun of Righteousness (page 42)
    • The Brides Vision of the Bridegrooms Ascent in Glory (page 46)
    • The Royal Bride Consoled by the Servants of the King (page 50)
    • The Heavenly and the Earthly Joined in Peace (page 52)
    • The Son Received by the Legions on His Way (page 54)
    • The Ascension of the Son to Heaven (page 56)
    • The Accord of Honour from the Legions to the Son on His Ascent (page 58)
    • Mount Sinai and the Order of the Ascension of the Son (page 60)
    • The Entrance of the Son into the Hidden Tabernacle (page 62)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 71)
    • (A) Syriac Authors (page 71)
    • Jacob: (page 71)
    • Ephrem: (page 71)
    • Narsai: (page 72)
    • (B) Modern Literature (page 72)
  • Index of Names and Themes (page 73)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 75)
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