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Jacob Of Edessa And The Sixth-Century Syriac Translator Of Severus Of Antioch’s Cathedral Homilies

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The 125 homilies pronounced by Severus of Antioch in the course of the six years of his short-lived patriarchate belong to the classics of Syrian Orthodox literature. Jacob of Edessa?s work as a translator or reviser of Severus? homilies has received considerable scholarly attention, whereby his indebtedness to the earlier translator(s) has been fully taken into account. In the past few years, a number of Greek fragments, mainly preserved in exegetical Catena manuscripts, have become available in critical editions. The colophon at the end indicates that the 29 homilies, from 31 to 59, constituted the ?second volume? of Severus? Cathedral Homilies. For the fragment no. 16, the Greek text has been published on the basis of two manuscripts of a Catena on Psalms and one additional manuscript of a secondary type, which has used the former as one of its sources.

Keywords: exegetical Catena manuscripts; Greek text; Severus of Antioch's cathedral homilies; Syrian Orthodox literature



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