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  • By Ian Holder
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Superb Book, with the Most Wondrous Quotes and Poems" "Man is mortal but the temple of God; the world is wonderful, and once this wonder is lost, so is our race; God is beyond our wisdom, and in realising this we become truly wise." So ends Fr Andrew after looking at Mar Narsai and his work and beliefs, in what is a most wondrous book. The first part looks and defines the Mesopotamian "School of Thought", present in works from Gilgamesh to Enuma Elish, to the Babylonian Talmud, to the Saints of the Church of the East. In the second-half, Mar Theodore of Mopsusetia and Mar Narsai are looked at in detail as continuations of this school, with extensive information on their lives and ample quotes from their works. The true treasure of this book for me was its extensive quoting from Saints I was unaware of, or only knew a little of, and finding a treasury of hymns, prayers and theological explanations. There are numerous quotes and explanations from the... More > Church of the East's Liturgy, as well as of its many Saints [among them Apharhat, Ephrem, Theodore of Mopsusetia and Narsai], and four appendices contain translations of some moving, challenging and beautiful works [Mar Narsai's Sermons 16 and 35, Mar Narsai's Dialogue between the Watcher and Mary, and "Shrara Gayla Badeq", a liturgical hymn]. If you want to know more of the stream of thought, and the liturgical life, of this ancient Christian Church, and its glorious Saints, I highly recommend this book.< Less
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First Edition
Fr. Andrew Younan
August 10, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.91 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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