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Symbols of Church and Kingdom


A Study in Early Syriac Tradition


In this revised and updated edition of his classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the culture. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-150-9
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Publication Date: Sep 12,2004
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 0
ISBN: 1-59333-150-9
$84.00

In this revised and updated edition of his classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the Syriac culture, illustrating both its original close relationship to Judaism and its earlier origins in Mesopotamian civilization.

This book is of interdisciplinary importance, involving the cultural crossroads of the ancient and medieval worlds of east and west, and of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It will be of interest to a correspondingly wide range of scholars and students. No knowledge of Syriac is assumed.

"A superb work."--Wayne A Meeks, Yale University

"After more than a quarter of a century, Robert Murray's Symbols of Church and Kingdom still remains by far the best introduction to early Syriac Christianity. It has justly become something of a classic."--Sebastian Brock, University of Oxford

"This scrupulous book with an unfailing historical sense is alive to the language of the Late Romans, laying bare with sympathy the way in which Syriac-speaking Christians spoke of the Church."--The New York Review

Dr. Robert P. R. Murray SJ was Lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, until his retirement.

In this revised and updated edition of his classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the Syriac culture, illustrating both its original close relationship to Judaism and its earlier origins in Mesopotamian civilization.

This book is of interdisciplinary importance, involving the cultural crossroads of the ancient and medieval worlds of east and west, and of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It will be of interest to a correspondingly wide range of scholars and students. No knowledge of Syriac is assumed.

"A superb work."--Wayne A Meeks, Yale University

"After more than a quarter of a century, Robert Murray's Symbols of Church and Kingdom still remains by far the best introduction to early Syriac Christianity. It has justly become something of a classic."--Sebastian Brock, University of Oxford

"This scrupulous book with an unfailing historical sense is alive to the language of the Late Romans, laying bare with sympathy the way in which Syriac-speaking Christians spoke of the Church."--The New York Review

Dr. Robert P. R. Murray SJ was Lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, until his retirement.

"A suberb work."

- Wayne A. Meeks, Yale University

"After more than a quarter of a century Robert Murray's Symbols of CHurch and Kingdom still remains by far the best introduction to early Syriac Christianity. It has justly become something of a classic."

- Sebastian P. Brock, University of Oxford

"This scrupulous book with an unfailing historical sense is alive to the language of the Late Romans, laying bare with sympathy the way in which Syriac-speaking Christians spoke of the Church."

- The New York Review of Books

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Contributor Biography

Robert Murray

Dr. Robert P. R. Murray SJ was Lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, until his retirement.

  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • The Homelands of Aramaic and Syriac Culture
  • Introduction
  • 'The Nation and the Nations'
  • The Body of Christ
  • The Vineyard, The Grape and the Tree of Life
  • The Church, Bride and Mother
  • Titles Shared by Christ and the Apostles or Bishop
  • The Rock and the House on the Rock
  • The 'Pilgrim Church' and its Fulfilment
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