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CHURCH RITUALS

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on CHURCH RITUALS

CHURCH RITUALS It is obvious that church rituals, namely, obligatory prayers and Holy Sacraments, in essence date back to the beginning of Christianity. For the Church of God could not do without the supplicatory prayers recited during the worship, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the reciting and explaining of the Book of God, all of which, according to St. Paul, had been handed down to it by the Apostles. The author of the Didascalia has incorporated these along with institutional prayers of this kind although they are much too brief. The first supplications were the Psalms of the...

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APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS

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APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS In ancient times some writers fabricated apocryphal treatises of the Old Testament which were spread among the Eastern Christians especially the Syrians. Among these are the Parva Genesis or The Book of Jubilees, the Testament of Adam of which only fragments remain,1 the Book entitled the Cave of Treasures2 ascribed to St. Ephraim, and the Conversation of Moses with God on Mount Sinai published by Hall in Chicago in 1888. In 1887 William Wright published a Psalm and four songs, one of which was Psalm 151, which begins, “I was young in the house of my father”,...

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COMMENTARIES ON THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on COMMENTARIES ON THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

COMMENTARIES ON THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS The Syrian scholars devoted their utmost efforts to studying and commenting on the Holy Scriptures. Had the many volumes of commentaries not been lost we would have today a complete library of these alone. The oldest of these commentaries belongs to St. Ephraim who wrote them while teaching at the School of Edessa. Yet all that survived was the commentary on Genesis, a great part of Exodus and scattered verses from other books of the Scriptures. His commentary on the New Testament has been lost too, but an exposition of many Biblical verses in his...

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APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS

Translated : By Dr. Matti Moosa APOCRYPHAL WRITINGS In ancient times some writers fabricated apocryphal treatises of the Old Testament which were spread among the Eastern Christians especially the Syrians. Among these are the Parva Genesis or The Book of Jubilees, the Testament of Adam of which only fragments remain,1 the Book entitled the Cave of Treasures2 ascribed to St. Ephraim, and the Conversation of Moses with God on Mount Sinai published by Hall in Chicago in 1888. In 1887 William Wright published a Psalm and four songs, one of which was Psalm 151, which begins, “I was young in...

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COMMENTARIES ON THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Library | Comments Off on COMMENTARIES ON THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

COMMENTARIES ON THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS The Syrian scholars devoted their utmost efforts to studying and commenting on the Holy Scriptures. Had the many volumes of commentaries not been lost we would have today a complete library of these alone. The oldest of these commentaries belongs to St. Ephraim who wrote them while teaching at the School of Edessa. Yet all that survived was the commentary on Genesis, a great part of Exodus and scattered verses from other books of the Scriptures. His commentary on the New Testament has been lost too, but an exposition of many Biblical verses in his...

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