Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns

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Paulist Press, 1989 - Music - 474 pages
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Page 6 - In company with Paul I followed, while everywhere faith led the way, and set before me for food the fish from the fountain, mighty and stainless (whom a pure virgin grasped), and gave this to friends to eat always, having good wine and giving the mixed cup with bread.
Page 4 - Father) as Athanasius. In his own lifetime and for a half-century thereafter, his method of biblical interpretation was the sole standard among Syriac writers. Even after the formal introduction of Greek hermeneutical methods in the fifth century, Ephrem's interpretations continued to be studied and held in esteem. Despite uncertainty over the precise lines of his contact with Greek culture, not only a concept of orthodoxy but also many philosophical presuppositions and literary forms analogous to...
Page 46 - Let chastity be portrayed in your eyes and in your ears the sound of truth. Imprint your tongue with the word of life and upon your hands [imprint] all alms. Stamp your footsteps with visiting the sick, and let the image of your Lord be portrayed in your heart.
Page 42 - His symbols upon His possessions. When He created the world, He gazed at it and adorned it with His images. Streams of His symbols opened, flowed and poured forth His symbols on its members.
Page 34 - Paradoxically, Mary gave birth to and nourished and cared for the Incarnate One who gave life, nourishment and care to her. In this she represents all humans and indeed all creation: By power from Him Mary's womb became able to bear the One Who bears all. From the great treasury of all creation Mary gave to Him every thing that she gave. She gave Him milk from what He made exist. She gave Him food from what He had created.
Page 3 - ... persuaded that God's love and redemption are present and on display for all who open their eyes and ears, Ephrem had little patience for those who saw things differently. It is a challenge to his contemporary readers to disentangle the beauty of his symbolic theology from his recurrent polemics. Ephrem's importance for the history of Syriac literature, and for the history of Christianity in the Syriac-speaking context, is immense. His hymns, incorporated early into the liturgy, have remained...

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