Ephraim the Syrian was one of the early church’s greatest hymnists, and a tremendously influential Church Father. In A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God, the grace and passion that resided in his heart overflow into praises that move the heart in the manner of David’s Psalms. Filled with instruction and inspiration, these reflections present Ephraim the Syrian’s beautiful prayers and moral teachings that have been popular since the fourth century. This volume contains 150 works divided into 20 sections, with prayers, explanations on dogma, and a concluding “life lesson” or moral teaching.
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- Select celebrated prayers of Ephraim the Syrian
- Accompanying explanations of dogma and moral teaching
- Insights into fourth-century spiritual writings
- Title: A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God
- Author: Ephraim the Syrian
- Editor: Bishop Theophan the Recluse
- Publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press
- Publication Date: 1997
- Pages: 257
About Ephraim the Syrian
Ephraim the Syrian (AD 306–373) was a fourth-century deacon, hymnographer, and theologian. He was known for writing lyrical teaching hymns, as well as poetry and biblical exegesis. His writings have remained popular to this day. He is venerated as a saint by many denominations, and is a Doctor in the Roman Catholic Church. He is credited with having written over three million lines, among the most influential of which are Hymns against Heresies and Commentary on Genesis and Exodus.