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Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause of the Celebration of the Nativity


A Genre for Exegesis, Ecumenism, and Apology


Edited and Translated with an Introduction by Abdul-Massih Saadi
This book is a part of series of Causes of Celebrations written by Moshe Bar Kepha (813-903). These Causes are unique in that they demonstrate a new genre of the Syriac literature initiated by the East Syriac authors at the beginning of the sixth century. Moreover, these Causes reveal the appreciation and dependency of Moshe Bar Kepha on the East Syriac sources despite the ecclesiastical doctrinal separation between the East Syriac and West Syriac churches.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0733-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Nov 30,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 103
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0733-5
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This book is a part of series of Causes of Celebrations written by Moshe Bar Kepha (813-903). These Causes are unique in that they demonstrate a new genre of the Syriac literature initiated by the East Syriac authors at the beginning of the sixth century. Moreover, these Causes reveal the appreciation and dependency of Moshe Bar Kepha on the East Syriac sources despite the ecclesiastical doctrinal separation between the East Syriac and West Syriac churches.

As a master of harmony of the Syriac literature, Moshe Bar Kepha adopts the early writing of the Cause of Nativity of the East Syriac author, Thomas of Edessa (d. 543), providing a masterpiece of hermeneutic theology and Christology for both East and West Syriac traditions. Moreover, he raised his exegetical studies to new heights of ecumenism, apology, and contextualization.

This book is a part of series of Causes of Celebrations written by Moshe Bar Kepha (813-903). These Causes are unique in that they demonstrate a new genre of the Syriac literature initiated by the East Syriac authors at the beginning of the sixth century. Moreover, these Causes reveal the appreciation and dependency of Moshe Bar Kepha on the East Syriac sources despite the ecclesiastical doctrinal separation between the East Syriac and West Syriac churches.

As a master of harmony of the Syriac literature, Moshe Bar Kepha adopts the early writing of the Cause of Nativity of the East Syriac author, Thomas of Edessa (d. 543), providing a masterpiece of hermeneutic theology and Christology for both East and West Syriac traditions. Moreover, he raised his exegetical studies to new heights of ecumenism, apology, and contextualization.

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Contributor Biography

Abdul-Massih Saadi

Dr. Abdul-Massih Saadi is an assistant professor of Syriac and Arabic at Baylor University. For ten years, he taught Syriac and Arabic as a Teaching Professor at the University of Notre Dame, and for one year, he taught as Dr. Prof. of Syriac Studies at Mardin University.

He catalogued the Vööbus’ Syriac Manuscripts Collection, which is currently hosted by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago; likewise, he catalogued Mardin’s Syriac Manuscripts.

In addition to many articles he has written on Moshe Bar Kepha’s works, he edited and translated Moshe Bar Kepha’s encyclopedic work on The Commentary on Luke. In the biblical field, he translated the Syriac Bible (Peshitta) into Modern Syriac of Turabdin, and also co-translated it into Modern Standard Arabic, and the Mardini dialect.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
Abbreviations and Sigla (ix)
Introduction (1)
   Editing the Text & Translation (3)
   Moshe Bar Kepha (4)
   The Style of the Cause (6)
   The Sources of Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause (7)
   Moshe Bar Kepha as a Link to Earlier Literature (8)
   Biblical Quotations (10)
   Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause and Thomas of Edessa’s Cause (11)
   Ecumenism in Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause (13)
   Apology for Christianity (14)
   Moshe Bar Kepha’s Cause in comparison with Thomas of Edessa’s Cause (17)
   Conclusion (34)
Text and Translation (37)
Bibliography (79)
Index (89)

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