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Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Presentation of our Lord


Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug


Translation and Introduction by Thomas Kollamparampil
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple develops the character of Simeon. The author himself asks Simeon how we should understand his supplication. Simeon explains his wonder at Jesus offering the turtle doves, creatures which Jesus himself fashioned with the Father, presaging Jesus’ self-offering. 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): 978-1-59333-936-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 31,2008
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 65
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-59333-936-4
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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 the Presentation in the Temple. 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 Presentation in the Temple. 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.

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