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Delve deeper into the early Christian era with cutting-edge works from academics around the world. Emphasizing the work of younger scholars whose dissertations have made important contributions to the field of patristics, Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics series features monographs on Christianity and the Church Fathers in the early centuries of the Christian era.

Explore the theological anthropology of Aphrahat and his use of the “temple.” Re-examine the Blandia’s martyrdom using a systemic lens. Better understand the approach of the Syrian church to the mystery of the divine encounter. Examine Cyril of Alexandria as a New Testament exegete using his commentary on John’s Gospel. Dive into Augustine’s theology on Jews and Judaism. Gain deeper insight into the nature and contemporary relevance of Ephrem the Syrian’s symbolic thought. This collection is valuable for any student of patristics and early Christianity.

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Key Features

  • Gathers fresh studies on early Christianity and Church Fathers
  • Promotes the work of newer voices in the field
  • Presents rigorous academic findings by specialists

Individual Titles

Aphrahat the Persian Sage and the Temple of God: A Study of Early Syriac Theological Anthropology

  • Author: Stephanie K. Skoyles Jarkins
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 254

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Stephanie Jarkins examines the key significance of “temple” for Aphrahat’s theological anthropology—the place of sacrifice, meeting, and communication with the divine, important for both Jews and Christians. Jarkins uses the temple image as a lens to examine various aspects of Aphrahat’s thought, including asceticism, sacramental theology, Christology, and ecclesiology. For Aphrahat, the devout Christian may be a micro-temple to encounter the divine, both within oneself and through a vision ascent to the heavenly temple. Jarkins explores the implications of this anthropology—pointing to Aphrahat’s belief that because of the Lord’s self-emptying in the incarnation, his follower may become a locus of the divine: a temple of God.

Stephanie K. Skoyles Jarkins teaches at Missouri State University. She earned her PhD at Marquette University.

Salvation in Christ according to Jacob of Serugh: An Exegetico-theological Study on the Homilies of Jacob of Serugh on the Feasts of Our Lord

  • Author: Thomas Kollamparampil
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 557

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In this text Thomas Kollamparampil argues that Jacob of Serugh’s homilies and other writings position him as the most important Syriac writer after Ephrem the Syrian. Kollamparampil offers exegetico-theological appraisal of Jacob’s homilies on dominical feasts—presenting a more genuine and reliable theologico-mystical vision of Jacob, rooted in his basic Syriac vision. This volume attests to the dynamism, freshness, and perennial exegetical applicability of many biblical imageries, and types and symbols in Christian theology. It offers a review of the whole history of salvation based on the mystery of Christ, according to Jacob of Serugh. True to his original Syriac vision, Kollamparampil explores Jacob of Serugh’s explanation of the mystery of Christ as the inspiring and governing power of the whole history of salvation.

Thomas Kollamparampil teaches at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore, India. He earned his MSt in Syriac language and literature and ThD in patrology, among other degrees.

Simple and Bold: Ephrem’s Art of Symbolic Thought

  • Author: Kees den Biesen
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 464

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Ephrem the Syrian is known as one of the greatest Christian poets—a unique author whose mode of thought is described as “symbolic.” In this work, Kees den Biesen explores the literary, intellectual, and theological mechanisms working in Ephrem’s writings. Den Biesen specifically aims to identify the exact nature of Ephrem the Syrian’s “symbolic thought” and evaluate its contemporary relevance. Critically reviewing modern research into Ephrem, den Biesen develops avenues opened by scholars such as Robert Murray, Sebastian Brock, Tanios Bou Mansour, and Phil Botha. Den Biesen also proposes his own comprehensive understanding of the nature and merits of Ephrem’s symbolic thought, discussing how Ephrem develops open symbols and concepts into a carefully articulated system, which surpasses the cleverness of analytic and logical thought. Explore how Ephrem’s symbolism constitutes a linguistic, artistic, and intellectual model for a Christian theology that can overcome today’s rationalism and fundamentalism—wisely expressing and celebrating the mystery of God and life.

Kees den Biesen is a theologian with a special interest in symbolism and poetry, a patristic scholar of early Syriac literature, and a specialist in architectural theory and liturgical form. He has lectured and conducted research in the Netherlands, Ireland, Egypt, and the Ukraine. He has also published the Bibliography of Ephrem the Syrian. He lives in Italy and works as a freelance translator in the field of contemporary spirituality and psychology.

St. Cyril of Alexandria, a New Testament Exegete: His Commentary on the Gospel of John

  • Author: Lois M. Farag
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 368

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Examine Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on the Gospel of John to understand him as exegete and theologian. In this study, Lois Farag begins by placing Cyril and his commentary within their context. Farag argues that it was in this early part of his career, almost a decade before becoming a bishop, that Cyril wrote his Commentary on the Gospel of John. She then examines numerous aspects of his exegetical method and trinitarian theology as revealed in his work.

Lois M. Farag is assistant professor of early church history at Luther Seminary in Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics and pursued graduate studies in the United States with an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in early Christian studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She has taught at Loyola College as well as the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Standing At Lyon: An Examination of the Martyrdom of Blandina of Lyon

  • Author: Elizabeth A. Goodine
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 189

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The suffering woman, Blandina, emerges as an archetypal figure in the narrative of the martyrs of Lyon. In this study Elizabeth Goodine asks, “how can a lowly slave woman, seemingly without status within a highly-stratified society, take on representatives of the most powerful force on the European continent and emerge victorious?” A minor player at the onset, this slave-woman ultimately arises to engage in battle with the powers of the Roman Empire. Goodine applies the Bowen Family Systems Theory and the writings of Michel Foucault to explain the function of anxiety and the dynamics at work in the system that result in Roman authorities’ failed attempt to use power to quell the rise of Christianity in society. Goodine points out that we usually examine martyr stories from an individual viewpoint—looking at the acts of the martyr through the lens of that suffering person alone. In this study, she instead uses a systemic lens to examine the martyrdom of Blandia. Using this approach, she illustrates the richness of the story and provides a fuller understanding of the place of the definition of self, which is the hallmark of the martyrs.

Elizabeth A. Goodine is assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. She earned her MA and PhD in religious studies from Temple University. She was formerly adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans.

Teachings on the Prayer of the Heart in the Greek and Syrian Fathers: The Significance of Body and Community

  • Author: Jill Gather
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 299

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The prayer of the heart is an early Christian contemplative tradition of striking profundity and beauty. In this work, Jill Gather examines the inherently communal nature of this ancient teaching and addresses its relevance to contemporary mystical seekers. Her work draws on the writings of renowned early Christian ascetics from Aphrahat the Persian Sage and Origen of Alexandria to Maximus the Confessor, considering the deeply experiential, integrative nature of their teaching. Gather shows how Christian authors of the Greek- and Syriac-speaking world placed the heart at the center of a mystical theology which viewed the body as a God-given instrument of divine ascent, and how they saw the relational setting of Christian existence as an important means of experiencing God’s abiding inner presence. She also reveals how these writers believed the hardships and joys of mundane, day-to-day existence to be valuable means of transforming the human heart into a place of interior worship and divine indwelling. Her work shows how the world-affirming tenor of their message promises to speak to all contemporary individuals who seek to experience greater intimacy with God despite the many demands and distractions of worldly existence.

Jill Gather here presents a warm yet scholarly study that demonstrates the distinctive, and too often neglected, approach of the Syrian church to the mystery of the divine encounter. Her theme is the prayer of the heart, and in the course of demonstrating the deep embodiment of Syrian mysticism, she uncovers fundamental springs of eastern patristic literature. This is a study demonstrating close attention to the texts and historical contexts, which does not neglect the obvious and radiant fact that the overriding passion of all the early Syro-Christian thought was the encounter with the living God in the sanctuary of the heart. A luminous book.

—John McGuckin, Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History, Columbia University

Jill Gather earned a PhD in church history from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is a tutor with University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.

The Mark of Cain and the Jews: Augustine’s Theology of Jews and Judaism

  • Author: Lisa A. Unterseher
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 214

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Examine the development of Augustine of Hippo’s theology of the Jewish people and Judaism. Formulating a typological association between the biblical figure of Cain and the Jews, Augustine crafted a highly intricate theology that justifies and even demands the continuing presence of Jews and their religious practices in a Christian society. In this study Lisa Unterseher shows how such a theology emerges out of his highly original interpretation of Genesis 4:1–15, yet mirrors and theologically justifies the reality of Jews and Judaism in the late Roman Empire. Based on such a reading, Unterseher explores Augustine’s insistence that the Jewish people serve as a witness people to the truths of Christianity and stand under divine protection—the mark of which being their ongoing Torah observance. Explore what is new and distinctive in Augustine’s teaching on the Jewish people, as Unterseher explores how he forges an innovative Christian understanding of Jewish Torah observance after the first coming of Christ. The work reveals how Augustine’s theology would mark and shape Jewish-Christian relations for centuries.

Lisa A. Unterseher earned a PhD in religious studies from Southern Methodist University. She is professor of religion at Columbia College in South Carolina.

Product Details

  • Title: Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics Collection
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,245