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Title: Three Homilies Agaisnt the Jews by Jacob of Serug
Author: Cosgrove, I. K.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1931
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Jacob of Serug (451 - 621 A. D. ) was one of the beat Syriac authors. He composed a long series Of metrical, homilies on religious themes which form the great work of his life. According to Bar Hebraeus (Chron. Eccles. 1.1191) he wrote in all, 760 metrical Homilies, besides expositions, and letters and hymns of different sorts. Jacob was strongly attached to the Monophosite Doctrine which in his time, was struggling for supremacy over the opposite teachings of Nestorius. He was a man of intense piety, and with much earnestness and zeal and eavoured to show that the only true religion was Christianity. He one day encountered a Jews and argued with him on various beliefs held by the Jews. In this discussion he tried to convince the Jew that Judaism was an erroneous belief, and that the true Faith was Christianity. It will be shown that the arguments adduced by Jacob were not new. Nevertheless, these hitherto unedited. Homilies, the minutes of this disputation, show that Jacob was well versed In the Old Testament which he knew almost by heart, and from which, as also still be shown, lie quoted from memory. Jacob of Serug followed the new polemical element introduced by the early Christian Church Fathers - that of the interpretation of the biblical text. These Homilies against the Jews are examples of anti-Jewish polemical literature demonstrating clearly the enormous influence which previous attacks of Latin and Greek Church Fathers had upon the Syriac Church rather of the 5th and 6th century, The arguments used In these discussions by the Jew and refuted by Jacob of Serug, indicate the traditional Jewish Interpretation as previously stated by the Rabbis in the Talmud and Midrash.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.495622  DOI: Not available
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