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On the Mother of God

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In this volume, four homilies have been chosen from the original Syriac texts. The poetry is typological and rooted in Scripture. The first homily considers the Mother of God in language full of wonder. The second homily concerns the Annunciation, including a long reflection on Joseph, the just one. In the third, the meaning of Mary with Elizabeth is recounted and the rejo ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
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D.J. Butler
Jan 30, 2012 D.J. Butler rated it it was amazing
This is a small and beautiful book, a Syriac poem written by Jacob of Serug, a Christian bishop of late antiquity. The poem is a retelling of the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, and drips with temple imagery and references to the Book of Isaiah, giving it a wonderful, dense, merkava-like feel. Beautiful; instructive.
Jan 31, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
While frequently viewed by modern scholars in the shadow of Ephrem of Syria (of whom he considered himself a disciple), Jacob of Serug was himself a prolific and gifted poet-theologian. His metrical homilies, of which he reportedly composed 760, deal with a wide variety of Biblical themes, the Incarnation, the theological dynamics of his time, and in the case of 'On the Mother of God', the profoundly impacting story of the Theotokos, Mary, the mother of Christ.

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