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The Discourses of Philoxenus

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Philoxenus of Mabbug was one of the most significant Syriac writers. Widely recognized for his advocacy of Miaphysitism, he was ordained bishop of Mabbug in 485. Philoxenus was an elegant, scholarly writer, who applied his skills to works of practical Christianity—most notably, his revised version of the Bible. His extant discourses are prime examples of his masterful style and devout beliefs. Included in The Discourses of Philoxenus are each of his surviving discourses, covering subjects such as faith, simplicity, the fear of God, poverty, and fornication. Also included is an in-depth study of Philoxenus’ life, creed, and works by Ernest A. Wallis Budge.

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Key Features

  • English translations of Philoxenus’ Syriac discourses
  • Discourses on faith, simplicity, the fear of God, poverty, fornication, and more
  • Biographical information on Philoxenus and history of his discourses and manuscripts


  • The Life of Philoxenus
  • The Creed of Philoxenus
  • The Works of Philoxenus
  • The MSS. of the Discourses of Philoxenus
  • The Discourses of Philoxenus—Argument
  • Table of the MSS. of the Discourses
  • A Man’s Reply Concerning His Belief
  • A Confession of Faith
  • Against Those Who Divide Our Lord
  • Against Those Who Maintain Two Natures
  • Against Every Nestorian
  • Against Nestorius
  • On the Heresies of Mani, Nestorius and Others
  • A Comparison of Scriptural Quotations in the Discourses with the Peshitta and Other Versions
  • A List of the Bible Passages Quoted or Referred to in the Discourses
  • Aphraates on Faith
  • Errata
  • The Prologue
  • On Faith
  • On Faith
  • On Faith and Simplicity
  • On Simplicity
  • On the Fear of God
  • On the Fear of God
  • On Poverty
  • On Poverty
  • On the Lust of the Belly
  • On Abstinence
  • On Fornication
  • On Fornication

Product Details

  • Title: The Discourses of Philoxenus
  • Author: Philoxenus of Mabbug
  • Translator: Ernest A. Wallis Budge
  • Publisher: Asher & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 789

About Philoxenus of Mabbug

Philoxenus of Mabbug (died 523) also known as Xenaias or Philoxenus of Hierapolis, was one of the most significant Syriac writers and an advocate of Miaphysitism. After years of writing on the unity of divinity and humanity in Jesus, Philoxenus was ordained bishop of Mabbug in 485. Philoxenus later composed 13 homilies on Christian life and revised the Syriac version of the Bible, which became known as the Philoxenian version.

About Ernest A. Wallis Budge

Ernest A. Wallis Budge (1857–1934) was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum. His other translated works include The Paradise of the Holy Fathers.