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Title: Jacob van Sarug
Subtitle: Homilie op het feest van de verschijning
Author(s): DEN BIESEN, K.
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 50 Issue: 3-4 Date: 1998
Jacob of Sarug: Homily on the Epiphany
Jacob of Sarug (±450-521) is one of the most prolific authors of the early Syriac tradition. After his studies at the famous theological and exegetical ‘School of the Persians’ at Edessa, he dedicated himself to parish work for several decades, putting his poetic talents in the service of his pastoral activities. In the midst of the theological whirls of his time he maintained an irenic and conciliatory position siding with the moderate monophysite party of Severus of Antioch and sticking by the ‘agnostic’ and anti-intellectualistic tradition of Ephrem. His ecclesiastical and theological ambitions were too modest to ensure him a leading position in the Church politics of his time and we hardly know any details of his life. In a way he took revenge on history thanks to the great quantity and enormous popularity of his literary works. Whereas Jacob composed hundreds of metrical homilies called mēmrē, his prose texts comprise only 43 letters and six tūrgāmē or homilies on the main liturgical feasts. The second of these homilies, ‘on the Epiphany’, is presented here in Dutch translation along with an analysis of its imagery.