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The Life and Works of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic Tradition


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Severus of Antioch is by far the most prolific and well known theologian of the non-Chalcedonian churches. Although his life and writings came to our knowledge in Syriac, gaining him the title “Crown of the Syriac Literature,” many texts relating to his life and works survived in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic tradition, as well as a number of other texts that were traditionally attributed to him. This book provides an analysis of these texts as well as a discussion of the veneration of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Church.
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-738-3
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Publication Date: Sep 5,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 475
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-738-3
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Severus of Antioch is by far the most prolific and well known theologian of the non-Chalcedonian churches. Although his life and writings came to our knowledge in Syriac, gaining him the title “Crown of the Syriac Literature,” many texts relating to his life and works survived in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic tradition, as well as a number of other texts that were traditionally attributed to him. This book provides an analysis of the remaining texts in Coptic and in Copto-Arabic, as well as the texts ascribed to Severus. The last part of the book deals with the veneration of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Church.

Severus of Antioch is by far the most prolific and well known theologian of the non-Chalcedonian churches. Although his life and writings came to our knowledge in Syriac, gaining him the title “Crown of the Syriac Literature,” many texts relating to his life and works survived in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic tradition, as well as a number of other texts that were traditionally attributed to him. This book provides an analysis of the remaining texts in Coptic and in Copto-Arabic, as well as the texts ascribed to Severus. The last part of the book deals with the veneration of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Church.

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Contributor Biography

Youhanna Youssef

Youhanna N. Youssef is a researcher at Centre for Early Christian Studies- Australian Catholic University. He holds a PhD from Montpellier Univeristy (France) in Coptology. He has written extensivley on computational linguistics in the field of Coptic and in Copto-Arabic studies. Title/Subtitle. The Life and Works of Severus of Antioch

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Acknowledgements (page 9)
  • Introduction (page 11)
  • Part I (page 13)
    • Chapter I A Quotation from A Work Related to Severus of Antioch (page 15)
      • Introduction (page 15)
      • The Manuscript (page 16)
      • Commentary (page 19)
      • Conclusion (page 21)
    • Chapter II Severus of Antioch in Scetis (page 23)
      • Introduction (page 23)
      • A. Severus of Antioch in Scetis according to the Biography of Athanasius (page 23)
      • B. Severus of Antioch and a Local Tradition of Scetis (page 36)
      • Conclusion (page 42)
      • Appendix (page 43)
    • Chapter III Severus of Antioch in the History of the Patriarchs (page 47)
      • Introduction (page 47)
      • I. Biographical Notices about His Life (page 47)
      • II. As a Standard of Orthodoxy (page 54)
      • III. As a Place or Relics (page 60)
      • IV. Quotations from the Works of Severus of Antioch (page 67)
      • Conclusion (page 71)
    • Chapter IV A Contribution to the Coptic Biography of Severus of Antioch (page 73)
      • Commentary (page 78)
      • Commentary (page 87)
      • During His Exile in Egypt (page 89)
      • Commentary (page 90)
      • Conclusion (page 91)
  • Part II (page 93)
    • Chapter I The Coptic Catena on the Four Gospels According to Severus of Antioch (page 95)
      • I. The Gospel of Matthew (page 95)
      • The Manuscript (page 96)
    • Chapter II Arabic Manuscripts of the Philalethes of Severus of Antioch (page 131)
      • Introduction (page 131)
      • Manuscripts Theol 175 (page 133)
    • Chapter III A Coptic Version of the Homily 28 of Severus of Antioch (page 139)
      • The Manuscript (page 140)
      • Translation (page 142)
    • Chapter IV The Coptic Marian Homilies of Severus of Antioch (page 147)
      • The Mariology of Severus of Antioch (page 147)
      • Coptic Homily LXVII (page 147)
      • Coptic Homily XIV (page 148)
      • The IFAO Manuscript (page 151)
      • Relation between the Syriac and Coptic Version (page 151)
      • Text (page 153)
      • Translation (page 158)
      • Conclusion (page 164)
    • Chapter V Fragments of the Coptic Version of the Sixtieth Homily of Severus of Antioch (page 165)
    • Chapter VI Notes on the Traditions Concerning the Trisagion (page 169)
      • The Canon of the Twelfth Hour of Good Friday (page 169)
      • IBN Kabar (page 170)
      • The Manuscript Tradition of Holy Week (page 171)
      • The Turuhat (page 172)
      • Yuhanna Ibn Abi Zakaria Ibn al-Siba' (page 174)
      • The Books of the Myron (page 176)
      • Conclusion (page 178)
    • Chapter VII Coptic Fragment of a Letter of Severus of Antioch (page 181)
      • The Manuscript (page 181)
      • Commentary (page 186)
      • Chapter VIII A Letter of Severus of Antioch to Anastasia the Deaconess (page 189)
      • Introduction (page 189)
      • Text (page 190)
      • Translation (page 196)
    • Chapter IX Some Patristic Quotations of Severus of Antioch in Coptic and Arabic Texts (page 207)
      • Introduction (page 207)
      • I. Quotations from the History of the Patriarchs (page 208)
      • II. Anonymous Homily on the Three Holy Young Men (page 213)
      • III. John Bishop of Hermopolis on Saint Antony (page 214)
      • Conclusion (page 215)
    • Chapter X The Quotations of Severus of Antioch in the Book of the Professions of the Fathers (page 217)
      • Introduction (page 217)
      • The Book of the Professions of the Fathers (page 218)
      • The Manuscripts of the Coptic Patriarchal Library (page 219)
      • 1: The Faith Written by Severus, of Antioch, to the King Anastasius (page 221)
      • 2. The Letter of Severus of Antioch to Julian of Halicarnasus (page 233)
      • 3. Oh his Mimar "My God why has thou forsaken?" (page 240)
      • 4. The Speech of Severus before Justinian (page 243)
      • 5. Another Extract from the Speech of Severus in Front of the King (page 245)
      • 6. Also from the Speech of Severus in Front of the king (page 246)
      • 7. The Synodical Letter from Severus to John of Alexandria (page 247)
      • 8. Another Extract from the Synodical Letter of Severus to the Theodosius (page 250)
      • 9. The Synodical Letter of Severus of Antioch to Theodosius of Alexandria (page 252)
      • 10. Quotations of Severus in the Works of Benjamin of Alexandria (page 261)
      • 11. Quotations from Severus in the Synodical Letter of John of Alexandria to Cyriacus of Antioch (page 262)
      • 12. Quotations of Severus from the Synodical Letter of Cosmas of Alexandria to Basil of Antioch (page 264)
      • 13. Quotations from the Synodical Letter of Basil of Antioch to Cosmas of Alexandria (page 264)
      • 14. Quotations from the Synodical Letter of Macarius of Alexandria to John of Antioch (page 266)
      • 15. Quotations from the Synodal Letter of Dionysius of Antioch to Mina of Alexandria (page 268)
      • 16. Quotations from the Synodical Letter of Mina of Alexandria to John of Antioch (page 269)
      • 17. Quotations from the Synodical Letter of Philotheus of Alexandria to Dionysius Patriarch of Antioch (page 270)
      • 18. Quotations from Synodical Letter of Philotheus of Alexandria to Athanasius of Antioch Answering His Letter (page 271)
      • 19. Quotations from Synodical Letter of Sinuteus the Patriarch of Alexandria to Dionysios Patriarch of Antioch (page 272)
      • 20. Quotations from the Synodical Letter of Sinutesu of Alexandria to Dionysios of Antioch Answering His Letter (page 273)
      • 21. From Him Also Christodulos from the 23rd of His Festal Letter "Ierostica" (page 275)
      • Conclusions (page 276)
  • Part III (page 279)
    • Chapter I Text Attributed to Severus of Antioch on the Thief (page 281)
      • The Text (page 282)
      • Severus of Antioch on the Thief (page 282)
      • The Manuscripts (page 285)
      • Translation (page 285)
      • Text (page 291)
    • Chapter II The Homily on the Archangel Michael Attributed to Severus of Antioch revisited (page 301)
      • The Attribution (page 302)
    • Chapter III Recommendations to the Priests of Severus of Antioch or Severus of Ashmunain (page 317)
      • The Title (page 317)
      • Conclusion I (page 323)
      • Style (page 323)
      • Conclusion II (page 326)
      • Content (page 326)
      • Dodicology (page 327)
      • Conclusion (page 327)
    • Chapter IV The Encomium of St Philotheus, Ascribed to Severus of Antioch (page 329)
      • Saint Philotheus in the Coptic Tradition (page 330)
      • Author (page 331)
      • The Attribution to Severus (page 332)
      • Geographical Data (page 332)
      • Liturgical Data (page 332)
      • Vocabulary and Themes (page 332)
      • Text (page 333)
      • Language (page 333)
      • The Manuscript of the Coptic Museum (page 372)
    • Chapter V The Pseudo Severi (page 389)
      • Severus, Patriarch of Alexandria (page 389)
      • Severus, Patriarch of Rome (page 390)
      • Commentary (page 393)
      • Conclusion (page 393)
  • Part IV (page 395)
    • Chapter I Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Liturgical Books (page 397)
      • I. As Author (page 397)
      • II. As Commemorated Saint (page 400)
      • Conclusion (page 405)
    • Chapter II The Role of Severus of Antioch in the Dialogue between Greek, Coptic and Syriac Cultures (page 407)
      • Introduction (page 407)
      • Severus of Antioch as an Excellent representative of both cultures (page 408)
      • The Dialogue of Cultures in the Work of Severus of Antioch (page 410)
      • Conclusion I (page 411)
      • The Theological Works of Severus of Antioch as a Dialogue between Cultures (page 411)
      • Conclusion II (page 412)
      • Hagiographical works of Severus of Antioch as a Dialogue between Cultures (page 412)
      • The Churches of Saint Sergius and Bacchus in Egypt (page 424)
      • Conclusion III (page 426)
      • Liturgical Works of Severus of Antioch as a Dialogue between Cultures (page 427)
      • General Conclusion (page 427)
    • Chapter III Severus of Antioch as Seen by Modern Coptic Historians (page 429)
      • Modern Coptic Historians (page 430)
      • Conclusion (page 439)
  • Bibliography (page 441)
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