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Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on Zacchaeus the Tax Collector


Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug


Translated by Dana Miller; Edited with Notes and Introduction by Mary T. Hansbury
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on Zacchaeus the tax-collector makes the point that Christ’s path goes by those most in need of repentance. Zacchaeus recognizes his shortcomings and is healed by Christ, who then makes Zacchaeus a mirror or sign for all humanity to see. 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): 978-1-61719-660-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 10,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 72
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-61719-660-7
$33.00

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 Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. 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 Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. 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

Dana Miller

Mary Hansbury

Mary T. Hansbury, retired, has taught at La Salle University in Philadelphia and at Bethlehem University in Palestine. Her Ph.D. is from Temple University with additional work done in Jewish studies at Hebrew University and Syriac at Princeton University. She has previously published translations of St. Ephrem, Jacob of Serug, Isaac the Syrian, John of Dalyatha and is currently translating the CSCO edition (2011) of Isaac 3.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • List of Abbreviations (page 7)
  • Introduction (page 9)
    • Contents (page 9)
    • The Manuscript Tradition (page 11)
    • Summary (page 11)
  • Text and Translation (page 13)
    • The Path of Christ's Mercy to Heal the World (page 14)
    • Power of Repentance Reflected in Zacchaeus as in a Mirror (page 18)
    • The Light of Grace Dawns in Zacchaeus' Soul (page 24)
    • Zacchaeus Climbs Up to Gaze and the Sight of the Lord Fashions Him Anew (page 30)
    • The Gaze of Zacchaeus of Christ is Transformed by Christ's Love (page 34)
    • Christ the Husbandman, by His Teaching Redeems the World (page 38)
    • Zacchaeus as a First Fruit among Sinners (page 44)
    • The Lord of the World Reclines in the House of Zacchaeus (page 50)
    • At the Great Banquet, Yoked by Christ, Zacchaeus Begins to Lavish his Wealth upon the Needy (page 54)
    • A Soul Restored from Wickedness is a Greater Sign than a Body's REsurrection from Destruction (page 58)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 65)
    • (A) Ancient Authors and Translations (page 65)
    • Aphrahat (page 65)
    • Cyrillona (page 65)
    • Ephrem (page 65)
    • Jacob (page 65)
    • Narsai (page 66)
    • Odes of Solomon (page 66)
    • Rabbinies (page 66)
    • Theodore of Mopsuestia (page 66)
    • (B) Modern Works (page 66)
  • Index of Names and Themes (page 69)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 71)
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