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By Beggiani Seely

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St. Ephrem, who was once proclaimed a physician of the Church by way of Pope Benedict XV, and Jacob of Serugh have been of the earliest and most crucial representatives of the theological world-view of the Syriac church. a lot in their paintings was once within the type 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 line 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 be aware 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 available to humans. The triple descent of the Son of God into the womb of Mary, the Jordan River at his baptism, and into sheol at his dying, have been activities directed either to redemption and divinization. Ephrem and Jacob hired a method 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, construction and sin, revelation, incarnation, redemption, divinization and the Holy Spirit, the Church, Mary, the mysteries of initiation, eschatology and religion. also, the e-book highlights the truth that the liturgical culture of the Maronite church, one of many Syriac church buildings, is constantly and pervasively a residing expression of the theology of those Syriac church fathers.


Chorbishop Seely Joseph Beggiani is adjunct affiliate professor of spiritual reviews and theology, The Catholic collage of America.


"Provides a sweeping evaluate of the unique subject matters and issues of early Syriac theology. . . there's no such evaluation on hand, particularly in English." --Dr. Robert A. Kitchen

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14, 11, in Yousif, “Symbolisme christologique,” 46. 16. Dalmais, “Raza and Sacrement,” in Rituels: Mélanges offerts á Pierre-Marie Gy, edited by Paul De Clerck and Eric Palazzo (Paris: Cerf, 1990), 174. 32 Revelation teaching regarding the “secrets” of the kingdom” and St. 17 Third, it could be understood as a simple sign—that is, a means of knowledge and of indication, such as the symbols of nature that proclaim Christ;18 and fourth, as symbol-mystery—that is, elements of the Old Testament become the reality of the New Testament and signify the divine realities of the church—for example, the sacraments.

However, any attempt to understand the Word taking on created form would necessarily involve paradox and dialectic. Ephrem has been described as moving between apophatic and cataphatic poles. On the one hand, there is God’s absolute transcendence and the incommunicability of his name to humans. 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.

2. Nabil El-khoury, “Gen. 1:26—Dans l’interprétation de Saint Ephrem, ou la relation de l’homme á Dieu,” Orientalia Christiana Analecta 205 (1978): 199–200. Creation and Sin 15 ly beings. ”3 On another occasion, Jacob of Serugh observes: In regard to Adam, the Father addressed himself to the Son who was with God and who is God so that Adam be the image of the Father and the likeness of the Son and by him the mystery of the divinity be revealed.  . 4 Jacob of Serugh concludes that humanity was created originally as a kind of double image—as an image of the Son, who is the image of the Father, but also as an image of the Son made man.

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