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Greetings To A Virtuous Man The Correspondence Of Jacob Of Edessa

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This chapter discusses the general characterization of the epistolary activities of Jacob of Edessa. In general, Jacob?s letters are brief and elegantly written. They display a great variety in topics, style, form and language. There are three people who are known to have received several letters from Jacob. First, a certain Stephen received at least three letters. They were preserved in Ms. Seert, which seems to have been lost during the turmoil of World War I. Second, Eustatius, Bishop of Dara, received six more personal letters and, finally, John of Litarba, priest and stylite, received 18 letters. Jacob?s method of argumentation is often a repetition of statements which are constantly viewed from different angles and corroborated by biblical quotations and sayings of the Fathers. Jacob often praises John?s desire to learn and laments his own ineptitude in the face of the daunting task of answering all John?s questions and suppositions.

Keywords: Eustatius; Jacob of Edessa; John of Litarba; World War I



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