Posts made in March, 2018

The Virgin St Mary in the Hymns of St Severus of Antioch By Father Peter Farrington*

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The Virgin Mary plays a central role in the Christology of the Oriental Orthodox communion, standing as she does for the integrity and reality of the humanity of the incarnate Word. She is the subject of a sustained theological reflection on the part of a great many Fathers, even during the period of the Christological controversy. These writings clearly show her to be more than an incidental figure in the description of a truly Orthodox Christology. St Jacob of Serug is just one example of such reflection, writing homilies in a metrical form, he says of the Virgin,   Second heaven, in...

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The Incarnation of the Word and the deification of man according to St Isaac of Nineveh Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev

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The Incarnation of the Word of God, which stands at the centre of the New Testament message, is one of the key themes of St Isaac of Nineveh, a Syrian mystical writer of the seventh century. Isaac belonged to the Church of the East, commonly known as ‘Nestorian’, which, however, had little to do with Nestorius, a fifth-century heretical patriarch of Constantinople. The Church of the East used the Syriac language and considered Theodore of Mopsuestia (fourth century) as its main theological and spiritual authority. The translation of Theodore’s works into Syriac was made in the...

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THE IMAGE AND GLORY OF GOD IN JACOB OF SERUG’S HOMILY, “ON THAT CHARIOT THAT EZEKIEL THE PROPHET SAW” Alexander Golitzin

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I. Fides Adorans Mysterium: The Theology of Jacob of Serug We do not have much reliable biographical information about Jacob of Serug [1]. We know that he was born around the middle of the fifth century, the son of a parish priest in the town of Batnan of the region of Serug in the largely Syriac-speaking, Roman province of Osrhoene. He was himself ordained to the priesthood as a celibate in the early 470’s, and served as circuit inspector and preacher, chorepiskopos or periodeutes, in the region of his birth. In 519, he was consecrated bishop of his native town and died there just...

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Sacred Words, Anglo-Saxon Piety, and the Origins of the Epistola Christopher M. Cain

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1 – Sacred Words, Anglo-Saxon Piety, and the Origins of the Epistola Christopher M....

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Armenian Elements in the Beliefs
of the Kizilbash Kurds Dr. Matti Moosa

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Library | Comments Off on Armenian Elements in the Beliefs
of the Kizilbash Kurds Dr. Matti Moosa

[Page 432] 38 Throughout this study, we have identified the Kizilbash as Turkoman and Kurdish tribes who held extreme Shiite beliefs and became adherents of the Safawi Sufi Order of Persia. They share common religious beliefs and practices with the Bektashis. In many parts of Asia Minor, the Kizilbash and the Bektashis are considered one and the same (1). The Kizilbash are divided into several subgroups living in many parts of Turkey. These subgroups are known by different names—including the Takhtajis (woodcutters) and Chepnis—although generally they share the common name of Kizilbash,...

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