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Kuriakose Valavanolickal presents here in two volumes the first English translation of the twenty-three Demonstrations by Aphrahat, the fourth century Persian Sage, who is one of the earliest authors of the Syriac tradition.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-572-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Moran Etho
Publication Date: May 27,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 390
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-572-6
$179.00
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Aphrahat, also known as the Persian Sage, is one of the earliest authors of the Syriac tradition. His only extant writings, a series of twenty-three “Demonstrations” on various aspects of faith, provide a unique window into the practice of Christianity to the East of the Roman Empire in the early fourth century. Although he is a near contemporary with Ephrem, Aphrahat’s writings testify to a distinct practice of Syriac Christianity because of his geographic location in the Persian Empire. The Demonstrations provide many interesting observations about the practices and exegesis of Christians in the East. The present work is the first English translation of Aphrahat’s Demonstrations, carried out by Kuriakose Valavanolickal. Valavanolickal also includes an introduction to the life and writings of Aphrahat and a bibliography for further research. Volume I contains the Demonstrations on Faith, Charity, Fasting, Prayer, Wars, the Sons of the Covenant, Penitents, the Resurrection of the Dead, Humility, and Pastors.

Aphrahat, also known as the Persian Sage, is one of the earliest authors of the Syriac tradition. His only extant writings, a series of twenty-three “Demonstrations” on various aspects of faith, provide a unique window into the practice of Christianity to the East of the Roman Empire in the early fourth century. Although he is a near contemporary with Ephrem, Aphrahat’s writings testify to a distinct practice of Syriac Christianity because of his geographic location in the Persian Empire. The Demonstrations provide many interesting observations about the practices and exegesis of Christians in the East. The present work is the first English translation of Aphrahat’s Demonstrations, carried out by Kuriakose Valavanolickal. Valavanolickal also includes an introduction to the life and writings of Aphrahat and a bibliography for further research. Volume I contains the Demonstrations on Faith, Charity, Fasting, Prayer, Wars, the Sons of the Covenant, Penitents, the Resurrection of the Dead, Humility, and Pastors.

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  • Contents (page 5)
  • PREFACE (page 7)
  • FOREWORD (page 8)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 9)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 15)
  • THE LETTER OF A FRIEND (page 35)
  • I THE DEMONSTRATION ON FAITH (page 37)
  • II THE DEMONSTRATION ON CHARITY (page 54)
  • III THE DEMONSTRATION ON FASTING (page 73)
  • IV THE DEMONSTRATION ON PRAYER (page 89)
  • V THE DEMONSTRATION ON WARS (page 110)
  • VI THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE SONS OF THE COVENANT (page 135)
  • VII THE DEMONSTRATION ON PENITENTS (page 175)
  • VIII THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD (page 197)
  • IX THE DEMONSTRATION ON HUMILITY (page 215)
  • X THE DEMONSTRATION ON PASTORS (page 230)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 240)
  • INDEX OF BIBLICAL REFERENCES (page 257)
  • GENERAL INDEX (page 279)
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