St. Afrem the Syrian

St. Ephrem the Syrian

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The only authentic sources for Ephrem’s life are the occasional autobiographical allusions in his own work.  The fact that these usually contradict the popular “Lives” adds credibility to their statements.  He was born near Nisibis, a military outpost on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire.  He was the child of Christian parents (CHaer. 26, 10).  The often cited date of his birth, 306, cannot be substantiated.  He became a believer at an early age. (Hvirg 37, 10), and was probably baptized in his early teenage tears (CHaer 3, 13).  He became an early...

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