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The long career of Jacob of Serugh provides insights into Scripture and tradition expected by homilies as well as information about his audience. In this publication, Harvey discusses Jacob of Serugh’s concern for congregations to balance lifestyle and devotional obligations.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0095-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1047
Publication Date: Dec 14,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 21
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0095-4
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The long career of Jacob of Serugh as bishop provides insights into Scripture and tradition expected for homilies as well as information about his audience. In this publication, Harvey discusses Jacob of Serugh’s concern for congregations to balance lifestyle and devotional obligations. Jacob of Serugh held laity and clergy to the same standards for this discipline. He voices frustration with his congregations’ complacency, lack of participation, and carelessness. Further, Jacob emphasized active inclusion of his audience, welcoming people from the margins, and considered everyone important for the liturgical experience. While Jacob of Serugh directs his attention to a 6th century community, his value for an earnest effort is as timeless as ordinary grace.

The long career of Jacob of Serugh as bishop provides insights into Scripture and tradition expected for homilies as well as information about his audience. In this publication, Harvey discusses Jacob of Serugh’s concern for congregations to balance lifestyle and devotional obligations. Jacob of Serugh held laity and clergy to the same standards for this discipline. He voices frustration with his congregations’ complacency, lack of participation, and carelessness. Further, Jacob emphasized active inclusion of his audience, welcoming people from the margins, and considered everyone important for the liturgical experience. While Jacob of Serugh directs his attention to a 6th century community, his value for an earnest effort is as timeless as ordinary grace.

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Contributor Biography

Susan Harvey

Susan Ashbrook Harvey is the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. She has published extensively on Syriac and Byzantine Christianity, and has a particular interest in women and their representation in ancient Christianity.

  • 1. The Church in the World (page 7)
  • 2. The Singing Congregation (page 16)
  • 3. Ordinary Grace (page 20)
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