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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): 978-1-61143-573-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Moran Etho
Publication Date: Dec 13,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 419
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-573-3
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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 outside 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 II contains the Demonstrations on Circumcision, the Passover, Sabbath, Exhortation, the Distinction between Foods, the Peoples which have taken the place of the People, the Messiah who is the Son of God, the Jews on Virginity and Continence, the Jews on account of their saying that it is certain for them to be gathered together, the Support of the Poor, Persecution, Death and the Latter Times, and the cluster of Grapes.

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 outside 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 II contains the Demonstrations on Circumcision, the Passover, Sabbath, Exhortation, the Distinction between Foods, the Peoples which have taken the place of the People, the Messiah who is the Son of God, the Jews on Virginity and Continence, the Jews on account of their saying that it is certain for them to be gathered together, the Support of the Poor, Persecution, Death and the Latter Times, and the cluster of Grapes.

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  • Contents (page 5)
  • Editorial (page 7)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 8)
  • XI THE DEMONSTRATION ON CIRCUMCISION (page 9)
  • XII THE DEMONSTRATION ON PASSOVER (page 26)
  • XIII THE DEMONSTRATION ON SABBATH (page 41)
  • XIV THE DEMONSTRATION ON EXHORTATION (page 55)
  • XV THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FOODS (page 121)
  • XVI THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE PEOPLE WHICH HAVE TAKEN THE PLACE OF THE PEOPLE (page 135)
  • XVII THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE MESSIAH WHO IS THE SON OF GOD (page 147)
  • XVIII THE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE JEWS ON VIRGINITY AND CONTINENCE (page 160)
  • XIX THE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE JEWS ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR SAYING THAT IT IS CERTAIN FOR THEM TO BE GATHERED TOGETHER (page 172)
  • XX THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE SUPPORT OF THE POOR (page 192)
  • XXI THE DEMONSTRATION ON PERSECUTION (page 208)
  • XXII THE DEMONSTARTION ON DEATH AND THE LATTER TIMES (page 238)
  • XXIII THE DEMONSTRATION ON THE CLUSTER OF GRAPES (page 262)
  • INDEX OF BIBLICAL REFERENCES (page 321)
  • General Index (page 346)
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