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Jacob of Sarug's Homily on Aaron the Priest

Translation and Introduction by Kristian S. Heal
Jacob of Sarug's homily on Aaron the Priest, focusing on the period leading up to and including the death of Aaron described in Numbers 20:22–29.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4427-9
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Feb 23,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 114
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4427-9
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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 homily on Aaron the Priest. 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.

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 homily on Aaron the Priest. 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.

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ContributorBiography

Kristian Heal

Kristian Heal is a Research Fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. He was formerly the director of BYU’s Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts. He holds a BA in Jewish Studies from University College London, an MSt in Syriac Studies from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on the reception of the Old Testament in early Syriac poetry.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
Abbreviations (ix)
Introduction (1)
   Prolegomena (1)
   A Mimro in Multiple Meters (4)
   A Mimro in Multiple Recensions (8)
   Outline (10)
   Metrical Summary (15)
   Thematic Summary (15)
   Aaron in the Early Syriac Tradition (18)
   Reception of Num 20:23–29 in the Syriac Tradition (20)
   Text and Translation (25)
Text and Translation (27)
   Memra 5 On Aaron the Priest (28)
   [Death and the Priesthood] (28)
   [Moses, Miriam, and Aaron in the Camp of Israel] (36)
   [Eleazar Instructed in his Priestly Duties] (44)
   [God Calls Moses to Lead Aaron to his Death] (50)
   [Succession of Priesthood from Aaron to Eleazar] (56)
   [Farewell, Blessing, and Burial] (64)
Bibliography (85)
   Primary Sources (85)
   Works Cited (88)
Index (101)
   Index of Names and Themes (101)
   Index of Biblical References (103)

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