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 … more
Ephraim the Syrian (c. AD 306–373) was a fourth-century theologian and hymnographer, and is a doctor 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 AD 363, and then went to Edessa for eight years to teach at the School of Edessa. 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, of which far fewer manuscripts have survived.