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The Psalm Commentary Of Daniel Of Salah And The Formation Of Sixth-Century Syrian Orthodox Identity

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This chapter discusses that Miaphysite leaders identified the exegesis of Psalms, the quintessence of the scriptures and the heart of the daily liturgy, as a key means not only of shaping their community's religious beliefs but also of addressing larger political issues. Daniel of Salah response to Christological controversy is touched upon, but the focus is on his development of Miaphysite imperial ideology. The chapter also discusses to the contrary that while Daniel accepted the need for political allegiance to the emperors, he denies them any role as special mediators of divine revelation or faith. The earliest commentary on the Psalms known to have been composed in Syriac, it came to exercise a profound influence on later Syrian Orthodox exegetes, as is explicitly acknowledged, for example, in the commentaries of Dionysius bar Salibi and David Puniqoyo.

Keywords: Daniel of Salah; Miaphysite leaders; Psalm commentary; Syrian orthodox exegetes



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