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Repentance and Fasting from an Ascetical Perspective


A Comparative Reading of Jacob of Serugh and an Unpublished Shortened Version of a Collection of Homilies by Severus of Antioch


Saints Jacob of Serugh and Severus of Antioch provided monastic interpretations for Syriac Orthodoxy. Bcheiry highlights St. Jacob’s exegesis of Jonah as a spiritual struggle with ascetic appearances. St. Severus address the movement from self-deial to purity in his Lenten homilies.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0091-6
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Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1043
Publication Date: Dec 14,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 31
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0091-6
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Writings by 6th century saints Jacob of Serugh and Severus of Antioch reflect monastic overtones in their prescriptions for fasting and repentance. Bcheiry highlights St. Jacob’s exegesis of Jonah in Memro 122 as a spiritual struggle, and one that characterizes Nineveh’s reformation with the ascetic appearances known to him in his time. Versions of St. Severus’ Lenten homilies vary by their intended audience of parishioners or monastic practioners. St. Severus addressed the latter by describing a movement from self-denial to purity. The monastic views recorded in the work by St. Jacob and St. Severus contributed toward the basis of the Syriac Orthodox Church between the 6th and 8th centuries.

Writings by 6th century saints Jacob of Serugh and Severus of Antioch reflect monastic overtones in their prescriptions for fasting and repentance. Bcheiry highlights St. Jacob’s exegesis of Jonah in Memro 122 as a spiritual struggle, and one that characterizes Nineveh’s reformation with the ascetic appearances known to him in his time. Versions of St. Severus’ Lenten homilies vary by their intended audience of parishioners or monastic practioners. St. Severus addressed the latter by describing a movement from self-denial to purity. The monastic views recorded in the work by St. Jacob and St. Severus contributed toward the basis of the Syriac Orthodox Church between the 6th and 8th centuries.

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Contributor Biography

Iskandar Bcheiry

Iskandar Bcheiry holds a Ph.D. in Church History from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, and another Ph.D. in World Christianity and Global Missions-Christian-Muslim Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago. Bcheiry has published a collection of books and articles on the history of Syriac Christianity and cataloged a number of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts. He is also a Priest for the Syriac Orthodox Church and serves as a pastor of his community in Chicago.

  • Introduction (page 5)
  • St. Jacob of Serugh and Memro 122 on Jonah (page 5)
  • Memro 122 on Johah: A Spiritual Struggle (page 6)
  • Notes on the Text (page 9)
  • A Shortened Version of a Collection of Homilies by Severus of Antioch (page 10)
  • A Homily of the Great Lent (page 11)
  • Peculiar Shortened Version (page 12)
  • Monastic and Ascetical Tone: (page 13)
  • Ascetical Expressions (page 14)
  • Conclusions (page 15)
  • Appendix (page 15)
  • The Syriac Text (page 15)
  • The English Translation (page 21)
  • Bibliography (page 30)
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