Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter provides concluding thoughts on theology and hermeneutics in early Syriac literature by taking a look at the concepts discussed in the preceding chapter of the book. Early Syriac sources still retain distinctive traditions apparently reflecting native Syrian Christian cultureamong them the strong emphasis on low anthropology and christology evident in the works of Aphrahat and Ephrem, and in the Liber Graduum, which might have influenced the emerging school of Antioch. Some of these textsnamely, those by Aphrahat and Ephrem, and the Cave of Treasuresare also characterized by an abundance of quasi-midrashic motifs, bearing witness to contacts and polemics with Jews. The authors findings confirm a plausible model of an indigenous early Syriac Christianity gradually entering into a dynamic interaction with the Greek tradition mediated by Greek Christianity in Syria, with the latters influence eventually becoming dominant.

Keywords: early Syriac literature; Greek Christianity; hermeneutics



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Syriac Idiosyncrasies — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation