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Jacob of Serugh and His Times


Studies in Sixth-Century Syriac Christianity


Edited by George Anton Kiraz
A collection of studies on the Syriac sixth century writer Jacob of Sarug by a team of international scholars, including Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian P. Brock, Sharbil Iskandar Bcheiry, Khalid Dinno, Sidney Griffith, Mary Hansbury, Amir Harrak, George A. Kiraz, Edward Matthews, Aho Shemunkasho, and Lucas Van Rompay.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-049-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 1,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 264
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-049-5
$181.48
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A collection of studies on the Syriac sixth-century writer Jacob of Sarug by a team of international scholars, including Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian P. Brock, Sharbil Iskandar Bcheiry, Khalid Dinno, Sidney Griffith, Mary Hansbury, Amir Harrak, George A. Kiraz, Edward Mathews, Aho Shemunkasho, and Lucas Van Rompay. The papers were presented on the occasion of the 50-year celebration of the establishment of St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey.

A collection of studies on the Syriac sixth-century writer Jacob of Sarug by a team of international scholars, including Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Sebastian P. Brock, Sharbil Iskandar Bcheiry, Khalid Dinno, Sidney Griffith, Mary Hansbury, Amir Harrak, George A. Kiraz, Edward Mathews, Aho Shemunkasho, and Lucas Van Rompay. The papers were presented on the occasion of the 50-year celebration of the establishment of St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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Contributor Biography

George Kiraz

George A. Kiraz is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, and the president of Gorgias Press. He earned an MSt in Syriac Studies from Oxford University, and an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University. He has an extensive list of publications in Syriac studies.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Preface (page 7)
  • Symposium Welcome (page 9)
  • Repentance and Fasting from an Ascetical Perspective: A Comparative Reading of Jacob of Serugh and an Unpublished Shortened Version of a Collection of Homilies by Severus of Antioch (page 13)
    • Introduction (page 13)
    • St. Jacob of Serugh and Memro 122 on Jonah (page 13)
      • Memro 122 on Jonah: A spiritual struggle (page 14)
      • Notes on the text (page 17)
    • A Shortened Version of a Collection of Homilies by Severus of Antioch (page 18)
      • A Homily on the Great Lent (page 19)
      • Peculiar Shortened Version (page 20)
      • Monastic and Ascetical Tone (page 21)
      • Ascetical Expressions (page 22)
    • Conclusion (page 23)
    • Appendix (page 23)
      • The Syriac text (page 23)
      • The English translation (page 29)
    • Bibliography (page 38)
  • A Prayer Song by St Jacob of Serugh Recovered (page 41)
    • Syriac text (page 44)
    • Translation (page 46)
  • Jacobs Forgotten Sughyotho (page 51)
    • What is a Sughitho? (page 52)
    • The Early Manuscripts: Madroshe Or Sughyotho? (page 55)
    • Dialogue Sughyotho Attributed to Jacob (page 58)
    • Other Published Sughyotho by Jacob (page 60)
    • Appendix (page 61)
      • 1. Madroshe attributed to Jacob in Add. 14592 (6th/7th cent.). (page 61)
      • 2. Madroshe on the Virgin Mary attributed to Jacobin Add. 14,520, ff.16a…26b (8th/9th cent.) (page 62)
  • Jacob of Serugh, the Man Behind the Mimre (page 63)
    • Selected Samples from Jacobs Mimre (page 66)
      • On His Feeling of Inadequacy (page 66)
      • On Assertiveness and Confidence (page 70)
      • On Supplication (page 72)
      • On faith and salvation (page 74)
      • On the Virtues of Silence (page 79)
      • On being Open and Transparent with his Audience (page 79)
      • When he Likens himself to a Child (page 80)
    • Concluding Remarks (page 81)
  • Mar Jacob of Serugh on Monks and Monasticism: Readings in his Metrical Homilieson the Singles (page 83)
    • I. Mar Jacob the Teacher (page 83)
    • II. Mar Jacob and the Singles in Gods Service (page 86)
      • A„Mêmrô 137: On the Singles„ (page 88)
      • B„Mêmrô 138 On the Singles„ (page 93)
    • III. Mar Jacob and Syrian Monasticism (page 99)
  • The Syriac Orthodox Celebration of the Eucharist in Light of Jacob of Serugh’s Memro 95 (page 103)
    • I. Introduction (page 103)
    • II. Names of the Eucharist in Jacob of Serugh (page 104)
    • III. Stages of the Liturgyin Light of Jacob’s Mimro 95 (page 106)
      • III.1. The Pre-Anaphoric Service (page 107)
    • IV. Comments (page 114)
      • Pre-Anaphoric Service (page 116)
      • Anaphoric Service (page 121)
    • Conclusion (page 125)
  • To Whom Did Jacob Preach? (page 127)
    • 1. The Church in the World (page 129)
    • 2. The Singing Congregation (page 138)
    • 3. Ordinary Grace (page 142)
  • Jacob of Serugh, Homily on Good Friday and Other Armenian Treasures: First Glances (page 145)
    • The Armenian Homily on Good Friday (page 148)
    • Jacob of Serugh in Armenian (page 162)
      • I. Texts with surviving Syriac originals (page 164)
      • II. Texts with no apparent surviving Syriac original (page 167)
      • III. Others (page 169)
        • 1. The Life of Daniel of Galash (page 169)
        • 2. On the Capture of the Ark by the Philistines (page 170)
        • 3. Assorted Works (page 170)
    • Conclusion (page 172)
  • Jacob of Serugh and his Influence on John of Dara as Exemplified by the Use of Two Verse-homilies (page 175)
    • 1. Introduction (page 175)
    • 2. John of Dara and his Work (page 176)
    • 3. John of Daras References to Jacob of Serugh (page 181)
      • 3.1. Homily on whether Adam was created mortal or immortal (page 186)
      • 3.2. Homily on Adams expulsion from Paradise (page 194)
    • 4. Conclusion (page 208)
  • Humanitys Sin in Paradise Ephrem, Jacob of Sarug, and Narsai in Conversation (page 211)
    • Ephrems View of Human Potential and Sin (page 212)
    • Jacob of Sarug in Ephrems Footsteps (page 215)
    • Was Adam Created Mortal Or Immortal? (page 216)
    • Jacob and Narsai: Communalities and Separation (page 218)
    • Pedagogy, Freewill, and Human Responsibility (page 225)
    • The School of Edessa: a Shared Legacy (page 228)
  • Jacob of Serugh: A Select Bibliographical Guide (page 231)
    • Abbreviations (page 231)
    • Introduction (page 233)
    • I. Jacobs Works, by Genre and Topic (page 233)
      • I.1. Mimre (page 233)
        • (a) Old Testament (page 233)
        • (b) New Testament (page 238)
        • (c) Liturgical Year (page 240)
        • (d) Other liturgical (page 241)
        • (e) Saints (page 242)
        • (f) Other topics (page 244)
      • I.2. Madroshe/Sughyotho (page 246)
      • I.3. Turgome (Six Prose Homilies) (page 247)
      • 1.4. Lives of Saints (prose) (page 247)
      • I.5. Letters (Forty three) (page 247)
      • I.5. Liturgical Texts attributed to Jacob (page 248)
        • (a) Anaphoras (page 248)
        • (b) Baptismal rite (page 248)
        • (c) Boawotho (page 248)
    • II. Biographies Etc. of Jacob (page 249)
    • III. Studies (Select) (page 251)
      • III.1. General Introductions (page 251)
      • III.2. Monographs (page 252)
      • III.3. Articles on specific topics (page 252)
      • III.4. For further bibliography (page 256)
  • A Reflection on the Occasion of the Blessing of an Icon of Mar Jacob of Serug (page 257)
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