Posts made in February, 2016

The Holy Spirit as Feminine in Early Syriac Literature / Sebastian Brock

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on The Holy Spirit as Feminine in Early Syriac Literature / Sebastian Brock

In his Commentary on Isaiah.(1) Jerome quotes from a passage in the Gospel according to the Hebrews where Jesus proclaims that ‘my mother the Holy Spirit has taken me . . . [and conveyed me to Mount Tabor]’. No one should be scandalised on this matter, comments Jerome, in that ‘Spirit’ is feminine in Hebrew, but masculine in ‘our language’ (Latin) and neuter in Greek, ‘for in the deity there is no gender’ [in divinitate enim nullus est sexus]. The aim of this paper is to explore some of the repercussions of this grammatical feature of the...

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Moral, Ascetic, and Ritual Dimensions to Law-Observance in Aphrahat’s Demonstrations / Adam Lehto

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Moral, Ascetic, and Ritual Dimensions to Law-Observance in Aphrahat’s Demonstrations / Adam Lehto

Abstract
Writing to counter the critique of a much larger Jewish community, and to instruct fellow ascetics in their chosen path, the fourth-century Syriac author Aphrahat develops a notion of law-observance that serves both ends: God’s law of righteousness, which is more fundamental than the Mosaic law, has been summed up in Christ’s teaching on love for God and neighbor; but a commitment to this way of love also calls for ascetic renunciation. In addition, the few references to ritual should be understood, like Aphrahat’s teaching on ascetic practice, as an attempt to...

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مار يعقوب السروجي – البطريرك أفرام برصوم

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on مار يعقوب السروجي – البطريرك أفرام برصوم

عالم نحرير أوحد زمانه وواحد قطره ، وشاعر مفلق مطبوع لا يلحق غباره ولا تدرك آثاره ، ومترسّل من أمراء الكلام يتأنق ويبدع تحفزه الفطرة وتمده السجية . غلب عليه الشعر فسارت قصائده سير الرياح . وطارت في الآفاق بغير جناح . وشعره يهجم على القلب بلا حجاب يلذّه من سمعه ، لا تقرأ له ميمرا حتى تألفه وتعشقه إلى حد الشغف ، فمن روائع وبدائع تبهر...

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The Doctor Mar Jacob of Saruj (d. 521) / Dr. Matti Moosa

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on The Doctor Mar Jacob of Saruj (d. 521) / Dr. Matti Moosa

The Doctor Mar Jacob of Saruj (d. 521) Jacob of Saruj is a profieient and a natural poet of great genius who is unrivaled and unequaled. An unrestrained writer and one of the princes of language, Jacob wrote with eloquence and creativeness. He is more of a poet than a writer. His poems attained wide popularity and spread everywhere. His poetry finds its way directly to the heart and amuses those who listen to it. One never reads one of his poems without becoming infatuated by it. Jacob’s poetry contains masterpieces and beauties which astound the mind and arrest the heart. It is also...

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Asceticism and Society in Crisis / Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Books, Library | Comments Off on Asceticism and Society in Crisis / Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: John’s World I  “These Holy Images”‘: John of Ephesus and the Lives of the Eastern Saints II  “Let your Light so Shine Before Men”: The Ascetic Vision III  Amida: The Measure of Madness IV  Purpose and Places V  Spirituality and Accountability: Consequences of the Ascetic Vow VI  Some Implications: The Case of Women VII  John of Ephesus: Asceticism and...

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