By Aho Shemunkasho
Ephrem, the main celebrated author of the Syriac Church, provides a variety of theological topics and photographs which are attribute of fourth-century Syrian Christianity. an important subject matter that not anyone has but studied in Ephrem, or in the other Syriac author for that subject, is the concept that of illness and therapeutic. during six chapters, this e-book provides the importance of therapeutic theology and the ways that the therapeutic of guy - spiritually, mentally, and corporally - is extremely valued via Ephrem.
After an introductory dialogue at the position of historical medication in society with appreciate to faith, philosophy, and technology, the e-book considers the concept that of therapeutic and therapeutic imagery in 3 chosen Syriac works that predate Ephrem: the Odes of Solomon, the Acts of the Apostle Judas Thomas, and Aphrahat's Demonstrations. this is often by means of a close presentation of Ephrem's therapeutic terminology, examining using major phrases on the subject of illness and therapeutic, and the way Ephrem's utilization compares with related phrases hired within the Bible. The booklet then specializes in Ephrem's exegesis of biblical passages that take care of therapeutic, how he accommodates Biblical references to therapeutic and disease in his theological language, and the way he develops and makes use of them in his arguments opposed to heresies and fake interpretations of God's word.
The major a part of the ebook offers with the motives of religious disorder and the method of therapeutic, and how within which Ephrem areas them within the divine background of salvation. the reason for religious ailment is sin that's the results of the misuse of man's loose will and the impression of man's enemy, i.e., devil, the Evil One. Ephrem knows Adam and Eve's expulsion from paradise as a "fall" right into a kingdom of affliction. God offers heavenly drugs for humanity, first via His selected humans, the patriarchs and the prophets, after which via His Son who's the general practitioner par excellence and the drugs of lifestyles that also is found in the Church's sacraments for the devoted.