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Jacob of Sarug’s Homilies on the Six Days of Creation: The Sixth Day


Edited and Translated by Edward G Mathews Jr
In this sixth installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats the events of the sixth day.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4211-4
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Publication Status: Forthcoming

Publication Date: Sep 16,2020
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 118
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4211-4
$38.50
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Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains his homilies on the Six Days of Creation. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.

In this sixth installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats the events of the sixth day, the creation of the large beasts and other land animals, and then the creation of man and woman in the persons of Adam and Eve. 

 

Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains his homilies on the Six Days of Creation. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.

In this sixth installment of the long Homily 71, On the Six Days of Creation, Jacob treats the events of the sixth day, the creation of the large beasts and other land animals, and then the creation of man and woman in the persons of Adam and Eve. 

 

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Contributor Biography

Edward G Mathews Jr

Edward G. Mathews Jr. taught at The Catholic University of America, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary, University of Scranton, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Armenian Evangelical Seminary in Yerevan, and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.

Table of Contents (v)
Abbreviations (vii)
Introduction (1)
Outline (1)
Previous Translations (10)
Summary (12)
Text and Translation (15)
Homily 71F: On the Fashioning of Creation: The Sixth Day (16)
I. Moses revealed that God created the world in six days (16)
II. The earth became a mother and brought forth all the animals (20)
III. God had previously prepared sustenance for the animals (26)
IV. The world was now complete, pristine and beautiful (30)
V. The world was completed, but its master had not yet appeared (34)
VI. In His wisdom, God saved Adam to be created last (38)
VII. God introduces His image into the house He has constructed (44)
VIII. Adam was made in a unique manner as the image of God (48)
IX. Adam was made the image of the Father and the likeness of the Son (52)
X. Corporeal description of the “image and likeness of God” (56)
XI. Adam, although one, was created male and female (62)
XII. All creatures worshipped Adam, and he gave them all their names (66)
XIII. Adam displayed his wisdom by giving names to all creatures (70)
XIV.Adam was created first, then Eve was formed from him (72)
XV. In Eve’s creation, Adam is a type of the Crucifixion (74)
XVI. The two races of man came to be through blood and water (76)
XVII. All creation looked forward to the waking of Adam and Eve (80)
XVIII. Adam awoke, and he and all creation rejoiced in his new spouse (82)
XIX. The devil became jealous and began to plot against Adam and Eve (86)
XX. [Digression:] The angel ‘Satan’ fell due to his envy of Adam (88)
XXI. The fashioning of all creation was now completed (90)
Bibliography of Works Cited (97)
Primary Texts (97)
Secondary Works (102)
Index (105)
Names and Themes (105)
Biblical References (109)