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Mar Jacob of Serugh on Monks and Monasticism


Readings in his Metrical Homilies ‘On the Singles’


Griffith discusses “On the Singles”, mimre by Mar Jacob of Serugh, for their reflections of Syrian monastic development. Following a biography and detailed literary analysis, Griffith examines the broader context of regional monastic literature for Mar Jacob’s possible influences.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0093-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1045
Publication Date: Dec 14,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 23
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0093-0
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Mar Jacob of Serugh wrote advice to his 6th century contemporaries in the mimre On the Singles. Griffith discusses the mimre’s reflections of Syrian monastic development. Following a biography and detailed literary analysis, Griffith examines the broader context of regional monastic literature for Mar Jacob’s possible influences. We learn that amid the political and philosophical controversies of his time, Mar Jacob’s On the Singles cautions that it is better to abandon the world. He draws from earlier monastic thinkers including Mar Ephraem and Evagrius of Pontus.

Mar Jacob of Serugh wrote advice to his 6th century contemporaries in the mimre On the Singles. Griffith discusses the mimre’s reflections of Syrian monastic development. Following a biography and detailed literary analysis, Griffith examines the broader context of regional monastic literature for Mar Jacob’s possible influences. We learn that amid the political and philosophical controversies of his time, Mar Jacob’s On the Singles cautions that it is better to abandon the world. He draws from earlier monastic thinkers including Mar Ephraem and Evagrius of Pontus.

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Sidney Griffith

  • I. Mar Jacob the Teacher (page 5)
  • II. Mar Jacob and the Singles in God's Service (page 8)
  • A-Memro 137: On the Singles'- (page 10)
  • B-Memro 138 "On the Singles' (page 15)
  • III. Mar Jacob and Syrian Monasticism (page 21)
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