Poet Of The Word

Re-reading Scripture with Ephraem the Syrian

£6.50

Aelred Partridge OC

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0303-4

LENGTH: 36 pages

Fairacres Publications 187

2020

Early Christians read the Bible somewhat differently from their modern counterparts. For example, St Ephraem’s layered approach to interpreting Sacred Scripture, especially the Old Testament, led him to delve below the literal words of the texts to uncover the rich vein of symbolic allusions that lay within them. Woven together, they formed a tapestry of spiritual wisdom. Ephraem transformed this tapestry into vibrant poetry in hymns, homilies and biblical commentaries that gesture towards the unfathomable mystery of God revealed in Christ. This brief essay examines the principles that guided Ephraem’s manner of biblical interpretation (his hermeneutics) and reveals why he is a Poet of the Word.

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Early Christians read the Bible somewhat differently from their modern counterparts. For example, St Ephraem’s layered approach to interpreting Sacred Scripture, especially the Old Testament, led him to delve below the literal words of the texts to uncover the rich vein of symbolic allusions that lay within them. Woven together, they formed a tapestry of spiritual wisdom. Ephraem transformed this tapestry into vibrant poetry in hymns, homilies and biblical commentaries that gesture towards the unfathomable mystery of God revealed in Christ. This brief essay examines the principles that guided Ephraem’s manner of biblical interpretation (his hermeneutics) and reveals why he is a Poet of the Word.

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ISBN

978-0-7283-0303-4

Length

36 pages

Author

Aelred Partridge OC

Book Size

140 x 210 mm

Subtitle

Re-reading Scripture with Ephraem the Syrian

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Author Bio

Ronald Partridge (Br Ælred OC) is a retired Anglican priest and a solemnly professed brother within the Anglican Order of Cistercians. He read Theology and Humanities at Bristol Baptist College and London University, before training for the priesthood at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. He has served in parishes and as Chaplain at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. He also holds a postgraduate degree in psychoanalytic counselling. He was a volunteer therapist with the branch of the Family Welfare Association in Clapham Junction and facilitated therapy groups for medical staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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