Paul Bedjan (1838-1920) was born in Khosrova in Salamas where he was educated at a school established by French Lazarists. At 18, he went to Paris to join the Lazarist order and further his studies. In 1861 he was ordained a priest in the Roman rite although he was a member of the Chaldean Church. After working among his own people in Iran for 12 years, he returned to Europe to pursue a career in editing and publishing books in Syriac and modern Assyrian. Between 1905 and 1910 Bedjan edited five volumes of homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug (c. 451 – 521). Educated at the school of Edessa, Jacob became bishop of Batnan in 519. He is probably the most prolific writer in the Syriac language. In addition to letters, hymns and expositions, he is reputed to have written 760 homilies in twelve-syllable metre on biblical and general religious themes. Bedjan’s “Homiliae Selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis” includes 195 homilies. Volume V – Part 1 contains homilies 147-163.
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