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Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Creation of Adam and the Resurrection of the Dead


Translation and Introduction by Edward G Mathews Jr
Mêmrâ 72 is a meditation on the fall of Adam and its consequences, subjecting all creation to corruption. God’s mercy, however, will restore everything to a spiritual, incorruptible state that will exist eternally in the unending light of Christ.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0264-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 26,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 74
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0264-4
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Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Creation of Adam and the Resurrection of the Dead is a meditation on the fall of Adam and its consequences. Adam was created the pinnacle of God’s creation, a “god of flesh” in whom was constituted all the rest of nature. Adam was set on the summit of Paradise, but due to his incalculably huge fall from that pinnacle, he and all creation became subject to corruption. The world and all that was in it will eventually die as did the body of Adam. God’s mercy, however, through the incarnation, passion and death of His Son, will restore everything to a state even better than the original making it possible for Adam and the rest of creation to be reconstituted in a spiritual, incorruptible form that will exist eternally in the unending light of Christ.

Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Creation of Adam and the Resurrection of the Dead is a meditation on the fall of Adam and its consequences. Adam was created the pinnacle of God’s creation, a “god of flesh” in whom was constituted all the rest of nature. Adam was set on the summit of Paradise, but due to his incalculably huge fall from that pinnacle, he and all creation became subject to corruption. The world and all that was in it will eventually die as did the body of Adam. God’s mercy, however, through the incarnation, passion and death of His Son, will restore everything to a state even better than the original making it possible for Adam and the rest of creation to be reconstituted in a spiritual, incorruptible form that will exist eternally in the unending light of Christ.

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Contributor Biography

Edward G Mathews Jr

Edward G. Mathews Jr. taught at The Catholic University of America, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary, University of Scranton, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Armenian Evangelical Seminary in Yerevan, and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Abbreviations (page 7)
  • Introduction (page 9)
    • Outline (page 9)
  • Notes on the Text (page 17)
    • Title (page 17)
    • Manuscripts (page 17)
    • Summary (page 19)
  • Text and Translation (page 21)
    • I. Adams was the pinnacle and culmination of all beauty of creation (page 22)
    • II. The demise of Adam and the dissolution of his composition (page 28)
    • III. The purpose of every detail of Adam's constitution (page 34)
    • IV. Adam and Eve adorned in garments of light; extinguished by the Evil One (page 38)
    • V. The Son came down to restore Adam's lost image (page 42)
    • VI. The second coming, the new creation and the end of the old (page 46)
    • VII. The new creation will be one of unending light (page 50)
    • VIII. The end of the world is death and dissolution (page 54)
    • IX. An exhortation to forsake temporal things and look to the eternal (page 58)
    • X. Adam will rise up again at the general resurrection (page 60)
    • XI. The spiritual nature of the new creation (page 62)
    • XII. The same Adam will rise up and regain his garment of light (page 64)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 69)
  • Index (page 73)
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