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Jacob of Serugh and His Influence on John of Dara as Exemplified by the Use of Two Verse-Homilies


Some of John of Dara’s 9th century treatises survive in Codex 356 in Mardin, in which Jacob of Serugh is called “Jacob of Batnan”, “Jacob”, and titles of respect. This article describes Jacob’s significant influence, comparing two-verse homilies in detail.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0097-8
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Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1049
Publication Date: Dec 14,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 39
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0097-8
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John of Dara was a 9th century metropolitan and acclaimed theologian. Seven of his treatises survive in Codex 356 in Mardin. His mimre refer to Jacob of Serugh, but by the name “Jacob of Batnan”, “Jacob”, and by titles of respect. This article describes Jacob’s significant influence, comparing two-verse homilies in detail. John of Dara even presents Jacob of Serugh as an authority. Shemunkasho demonstrates that John had access to Jacob’s mimre which he then used to develop systematic theological responses to his 9th century context. The author provides transcriptions from John’s writing and references to Jacob.

John of Dara was a 9th century metropolitan and acclaimed theologian. Seven of his treatises survive in Codex 356 in Mardin. His mimre refer to Jacob of Serugh, but by the name “Jacob of Batnan”, “Jacob”, and by titles of respect. This article describes Jacob’s significant influence, comparing two-verse homilies in detail. John of Dara even presents Jacob of Serugh as an authority. Shemunkasho demonstrates that John had access to Jacob’s mimre which he then used to develop systematic theological responses to his 9th century context. The author provides transcriptions from John’s writing and references to Jacob.

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Contributor Biography

Aho Shemunkasho

Aho Shemunkasho ist Universitätsassistent am Fachbereich Bibelwissenschaft und Kirchengeschichte der Universität Salzburg. Er absolvierte das Studium der Theologie in Paderborn, der Syrologie und das Doktorratsstudium mit dem Thema „Healing in the Theology of St. Ephrem“ (Gorgias Press 2002) bei Sebastian Brock in Oxford. Ab 2000 arbeitete Shemunkasho als Religionslehrer und Koordinator der syr.-orth. Religionslehrer von Nordrhein-Westfalen, lehrte am Theologischen Seminar St. Jakob von Sarugh Warburg, und war wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Forschungsprojekt „Polyglotter Studientext zu Ben Sira“ (Universität Salzburg).

  • 1. Introduction (page 5)
  • 2. John of Dara and his work (page 6)
  • 3. John of Dara's references to Jacob of Serugh (page 11)
    • 3.1. Homily on wheter Adam was created mortal or immortal (page 16)
    • 3.2. Homily on Adam's expulsion from Paradise (page 24)
  • 4. Conclusion (page 38)
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