Early Syriac Theology: With Special Reference to the by Beggiani Seely

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By Beggiani Seely

St. Ephrem, who used to be proclaimed a physician of the Church by way of Pope Benedict XV, and Jacob of Serugh have been of the earliest and most vital representatives of the theological world-view of the Syriac church. a lot in their paintings was once within the kind of hymns and metrical homilies, utilizing poetry to specific theology. In Early Syriac Theology, Chorbishop Seely Joseph Beggiani strives to provide their insights in a scientific shape in accordance with headings utilized in western treatises, whereas no longer undermining the originality and cohesiveness in their thought.

For St. Ephrem of Syria (d. 373) and Jacob of Serugh (d. 521), God is totally mysterious, but he's found in all that He has created. The kenosis (self-emptying) of the note of God is located not just within the human nature of Christ, yet within the finite phrases of Sacred Scripture. during this motion, the Divine makes itself obtainable to people. The triple descent of the Son of God into the womb of Mary, the Jordan River at his baptism, and into sheol at his demise, have been activities directed either to redemption and divinization. Ephrem and Jacob hired a process of sorts and antitypes utilized in Sacred Scripture to illustrate the sacraments as extensions of Christ’s activities via history.

The fabric is geared up less than the subjects of the hiddenness of God, production and sin, revelation, incarnation, redemption, divinization and the Holy Spirit, the Church, Mary, the mysteries of initiation, eschatology and religion. also, the ebook highlights the truth that the liturgical culture of the Maronite church, one of many Syriac church buildings, is continually and pervasively a dwelling expression of the theology of those Syriac church fathers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chorbishop Seely Joseph Beggiani is adjunct affiliate professor of non secular stories and theology, The Catholic college of America.

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"Provides a sweeping evaluation of the designated issues and issues of early Syriac theology. . . there isn't any such evaluate to be had, particularly in English." --Dr. Robert A. Kitchen

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Ephrem, Hymn on Paradise, No. : St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1990), 134. 18 Creation and Sin Hymn on the Faith, No. 14, where he invites Christ to attend the wedding feast of the church’s Eucharist and enable worshippers to give praise: I have invited You, Lord, to a wedding feast of song, but the wine—the utterance of praise at our feast has failed. ”12 Ephrem stresses the significance of human freedom in the Hymn on the Epiphany, No. 10: The compulsion of God is all-powerful; It is not compulsion, however, for which he has a predilection but a [free] will endowed with discernment; Therefore in good works He invites us to live a life without compulsion, by persuasion.

On the other hand, human terms are inapplicable to him. 2 However, it was also Ephrem’s conviction that creation itself is revelatory. In this context he speaks of nature, the Old Testament, and the New Testament as sources of revelation. According to André de Halleux, Ephrem considers revelation as a process engaging God himself in a sort of progressive incarnation. 1. Cited by Murray, “The Theory of Symbolism in St. Ephrem’s Theology,” Parole de l’Orient 6–7 (1975–76): 11, 16. 2. De Halleux, “Mar Ephrem théologien,” Parole de l’Orient 4 (1973): 45.

Cited by Jean Tabet, L’office commun maronite: Étude du Lilyo et du Safro (Kaslik, Lebanon: Université de Saint-Esprit, 1972), 145. 23. , St. Ephrem the Syrian, 304. ”24 5 The Syriac liturgies celebrate the theme of light often. ” The prayer for light in the divine office of Saturday morning states: O Lord God, be a perpetual morning for us, a light which does not fade and a day that does not end. Then we shall be illumined by the light of your holy commandments in our feelings, thoughts, and desires.

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