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Jacob of Sarug


Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


(Srūg; modern Suruç) syriac author born c. 451 at Kurtam near Batnae/Baṭnān/Sarug, south-west of edessa , and educated at Edessa. Already mentioned with approval by the Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite while still periodeutes or visitor ( c. 503), in 519 he was appointed bishop of Batnae, but died in 521. Called ‘Flute of the Holy Spirit and Harp of the Believing Church’, he wrote metrical homilies (760 according to barhebraeus , of which hundreds survive) and hymns which reveal little of a partisan nature in terms of Christology; however, letters addressed to the monks of Mar Bassus and to Paul of Edessa indicate his support for the monophysite party. Many other letters survive, including one to the Christians of Najrān (519–20). A work On the Fall of Idols is important for the study of late antique paganism. Several biographies survive, one by Jacob of Edessa ( c. 640–708). ( 1989 ), Jacques de Saroug. Quatre homélies métriques sur la création . CSCO 508 – 9 , Scr. Syr. 214 – 15 . Louvain : Peeters . ( 1973 ), Handschriftliche Uberlieferung der Memre-Dichtung des Ja'aqob von Serug . CSCO 344 – 5 : Subsidia 39 – 40 . Louvain : Secrétariat du CSCO . ( 1952 ), Iacobi Sarugensis Epistulae quotquot supersunt . CSCO 110 , Scr. Syr. 57 . Louvain : L. Durbecq . ( 1905–10 ), Homiliae Selectae Mar Iacobi Sarugensis . Paris : Via Dicta; Leipzig: ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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