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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book, which pursues some of the idiosyncrasiesmainly pertaining to trinitarian theology, christology and hermeneutics. As for hermeneutics, the book focuses especially on the foundational story of paradise and its intricate nexus with theology, which finds expression in uncommon anthropological and soteriological perceptions. The choice of the texts studied naturally derives to a certain extent from our own idiosyncratic preferences, our regarding them as gems of early Syriac literature. Nevertheless, most of themfrom the Old Syriac Gospels to Aphrahats Demonstrations, and from Ephrem to Philoxenus of Mabbugare also clearly landmarks of early Syriac thought, marking its development from the late 2nd to the early 6th centuries.

Keywords: christology hermeneutics; idiosyncrasies; Syriac literature; trinitarian theology



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