Known as the "Lyre of the Holy Ghost" and "Prophet of the Syrians," St. Ephraim the Syrian (also known as Ephrem and Ephraem) was a fourth-century theologian and hymnographer. A prolific writer, over 400 of his hymns are still in existence, as well as sermons, apologetic manuscripts, and his commentary on the Diatessaron. Ephraim's works provide a valuable window to fourth-century Christianity and the trials it faced.
The Works of St. Ephraim contains four volumes of his work: the two-volume Refutations of Mani, Marcion, and Bardaisan, Select Metrical Hymns and Homilies and Fragments of the Commentary of Ephrem Syrus upon the Diatessaron.
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- Over 30 hymns from St. Ephraim the Syrian
- Contains both the English and Syriac translations of Refutations of Mani, Marcion, and Bardaisan
Praise for St. Ephraim
In the admonitory writings of Ephraem, everyone may justly admire how deeply his powers of influencing others penetrates, how much of sweetness proceeds from them, and how genius everywhere buds forth. It is not surprising that in his choice of language and of illustrations, his discourses incline to the customary style of homilies, and that he should employy a simplicity of utterance.
- Title: The Works of St. Ephraim
- Volumes: 4
- Pages: 1,029
About St. Ephraim
Ephraim the Syrian (c. 306–373) was a fourth-century theologian and hymnographer, and is a Doctor of the Church in the Catholic Church. Born in Nisibis, near Edessa, he was converted to Christianity by Bishop Jacob of Nisibis and appointed a teacher. He lived in Nisibis until 363, then went to Edessa for eight years to teach at the School of Edessa. He died from the plague that ailed the patients he was caring for.
Over 400 hymns composed by Ephraim still exist, hymns which he used to teach doctrine and to warn of heresy. His poetry garnered him the titles of "Lyre of the Holy Ghost" and "Prophet of the Syrians." Ephraim also wrote homilies and prose, but which far fewer manuscripts have survived.