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The Stanzaic Poems of Jacob of Serugh

A Collection of His Madroshe and Sughyotho


Although the verse homilies of Jacob of Serugh are well known to lovers of Syriac literature, his stanzaic poetry, in the form of madroshe and sughyotho, have been largely forgotten. This volume contains twenty-five poems preserved in their complete form and attributed to Jacob in old manuscripts of the sixth/seventh to ninth/tenth century preserved today in the British Library, but largely originating from Deir al-Surian in Egypt.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4430-9
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: May 16,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 328
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4430-9
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Jacob of Serugh (died 521) is best known for his many imaginative verse homilies on biblical and other topics. A small number of stanzaic poems attributed to him also survive in old manuscripts, but these have hitherto been largely forgotten, apart from a few odd stanzas here and there which have been preserved in certain liturgical texts. A collection of twenty-five of these poems is presented here for the first time in their full form.

Jacob of Serugh (died 521) is best known for his many imaginative verse homilies on biblical and other topics. A small number of stanzaic poems attributed to him also survive in old manuscripts, but these have hitherto been largely forgotten, apart from a few odd stanzas here and there which have been preserved in certain liturgical texts. A collection of twenty-five of these poems is presented here for the first time in their full form.

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ContributorBiography

Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Author of a number of contributions in the area of Syriac studies (including several books published by Gorgias Press).

Table of Contents (v)
Preface (vii)
Introduction (1)
   Jacob’s stanzaic poetry (1)
   Themes (2)
   Metres (3)
   Transmission (5)
   Attributions (9)
   The present edition (10)
Texts and Translations (11)
   1. aw malko da-bnon(y) (13) 
   2. aw d-etho (23) 
   3. aw napšo ṣurto (33) 
   4. aw dayon(y) (45) 
   5. aw osyo d-etho (55) 
   6. aw da-qrony (65) 
   7. manu kay hono (75) 
   8. dowitho (hy) napšo d-ḥaṭoyo (85) 
   9. b‘eldara ṣni‘a (97) 
   10. qum(y) napš(y) d-neplat (105) 
   11. ‘uhdono nbah bi (115) 
   12. abo mraḥmono (125) 
   13. aḥay ba-ktobe (135) 
   14. aw ‘umro d-zabno (159) 
   15. aw dayono d-dineh triṣ (171) 
   16. urhoy šelḥat la-mšiḥo (183) 
   17. b-rehṭo rabo (191) 
   18. ḥawa ba-‘den (199)
   19. b-hono yawmo (217) 
   20. qom men qabro yohubo d-nuḥomo (227) 
   21. aw tagore (237) 
   22. sleq la-ṣlibo (251) 
   23. ‘al hwo la-šyul (265) 
   24. ber(y) ḥabibo (279) 
   25. aw ‘olmo šabro (287)
Appendix: Textual Notes (305) 
Index of Incipits (315) 
Index of Biblical References (317) 
Index of Names and Selected Topics (319)

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