A New Translation of Selected Greek Texts Attributed to Ephrem the Syrian

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2013

Project Description/Abstract

During the summer of 2013, I made substantial progress on the first-ever translation into English of the Greek homilies attributed to Ephrem the Syrian. This is an on-going project with a final goal of publishing a volume of these important and influential homilies. I completed a translation of one homily and a partial translation of a second, much longer homily. The translation I completed recounts the story of Cain and Abel. It takes a unique perspective on the Biblical account as it provides insight into what both Cain and Abel were thinking (the Biblical narrative is sparse and gives little explanation). Furthermore, this homily contains a lament by their mother Eve, whose voice is rarely heard in Biblical commentaries. These translations are important contributions to our understanding of how the Bible was read and understood in late antiquity.

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