St. Ephrem in the Eyes of Later Syriac Liturgical Tradition

  title={St. Ephrem in the Eyes of Later Syriac Liturgical Tradition},
  author={Sebastian Brock},
  journal={Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies},
  pages={26 - 5}
  • S. Brock
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Medicine
  • Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies
[1] The cover of Kathleen McVey’s excellent collection of translations of St. Ephrem’s hymns, in the Classics of Western Spirituality series, reproduces a modern icon of St. Ephrem, portraying him in monastic habit. Professor McVey was extremely aggravated when she learnt of the publisher’s intention, but was unable to persuade them to change their plans. The reason for her annoyance lay in her knowledge that this was a totally misleading and anachronistic way of portraying the saint, whose… 
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          Greek Apophthegmata (Ephrem and scroll; Ephrem and vine)
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            • 1993
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