The Hymns on Faith

The Hymns on Faith

Translated by JEFFREY T. WICKES
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt15zc5b8
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    The Hymns on Faith
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    Ephrem is known for a theology that relies heavily on symbol and for a keen awareness of Jewish exegetical traditions. Yet he is also our earliest source for the reception of Nicaea among Syriac-speaking Christians. It is in his eighty-seven Hymns on Faith - the longest extant piece of early Syriac literature - that he develops his arguments against subordinationist christologies most fully. These hymns, most likely delivered orally and compiled after the author's death, were composed in Nisibis and Edessa between the 350s ans 373. They reveal an author conversant with Christological debates further to the west, but responding in a uniquely Syriac idiom. As such, they form an essential source for reconstructing the development of pro-Nicene thought in the eastern Mediterranean.

    eISBN: 978-0-8132-2736-8
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. SYRIAC TRANSLITERATION CHART
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. ABBREVIATIONS AND SIGLA
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. xvii-xxii)
  7. INTRODUCTION
    • INTRODUCTION
      (pp. 3-54)

      We can see Syriac Christianity’s earliest development only in shadowy form: through the scattered pieces of inscriptions,¹ biblical translations,² obscure religious poems,³ speculative treatises,⁴ and fantastical narratives.⁵ Syriac itself is the dialect of Aramaic that was spoken east of Palestine, in and around the city of Edessa (modern-day Urfa in southeast Turkey).⁶ But in regard to the questions of preciselywhomade up the earliest Syriac-speaking Christians, how these communities related to their Jewish and pagan neighbors, how they related to Greek-and Latin-speaking Christians to the West, and how the early Syriac church developed, we can only speculate.⁷ However earliest...

  8. THE HYMNS ON FAITH
  9. Indices
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 425-425)