Ephraem Syrus
Ephrem the Syrian
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ephraem Syrus, St
Ephraem Syrus, St (c. 306–73), Syrian biblical exegete and hymn-writer. Acc. to late Syriac sources he was the son of a pagan priest at Nisibis, his native town; but from indications in his own writings most modern scholars believe that his parents were Christians. He was ordained deacon, perhaps by
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Ephrem (c. 306–73)
Ephrem (c. 306–73)Ephrem, theologian and exegete, was born c. 306 in Nisibis, modern Nusaybin in southeast Turkey—an important commercial centre on the Roman side of the frontier with Persia. Although numerous lives of the saint exist, some dating from the fifth century, few of the biographical details
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Ephraem Syrus
Ephraem Syrus (?–373). Native of Nisibis, on the border between Syria and Persia, and son of pagan parents. When E. was converted, his father, a priest of one of the gods of the place, threw him out of the house, and E. took refuge with Bishop Jacobus of Nisibis. Then he followed an ascetic life, the
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
EPHRAEM. The name is variously written Ephraem, Ephraemus, Ephraim, Ephraimius, Ephrem, Ephremus, and Euphraimius: it belongs to several ecclesiastical writers of the Greek and Oriental churches.1. Ephremus. To a writer so called, and to whose name no distinctive epithet can be attached, is ascribed
EPHRAEM or EPHRAIM, a Syrian, born at Nisibis, flourished a. d. 370. He spent his youth in diligent study, and devoted himself at first to a monastic life, but afterwards went to Edessa, where he was ordained deacon. He refused to proceed to the higher orders of the ministry, and is even said to have
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Ephraim the Syrian
EPHRAIM (4) THE SYRIAN, usually called Ephrem Syrus, from the Syriac form of his name Aphrem, was certainly born in Mesopotamia, as he describes his home as lying between the Tigris and the Euphrates (Opp. Syr. i. 23), and probably at Nisibis. As Edessa became the chief scene of his labours he is generally
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Ephraem Syrus
Ephraem Syrus. Also Ephrem. The most important biblical exegete and theologian of the ancient Syriac church, and the author of hundreds of hymns. Born c. A.D. 306 in Nisibis, Ephraem moved to Edessa in 363, where he wrote most of his extant works, and died ten years later. He led an austere life and
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Ephrem the Syrian
EPHREM the Syrian (ca. 306–373)I. LifeII. WorksIII. Ephrem as poet, exegete and theologian.Ephrem of *Nisibis (feast in the Syrian church 28 January or 1 February; in the Byzantine rite 28 January; in the Coptic rite 9 July; in the Latin church 9 July or 1 February, at present 18 June) is unquestionably
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EPHRAEM. The preeminent figure in Syrian Christianity, Ephraem (ca. 305–73 ce) was born and ordained a deacon in Nisibis but fled to Edessa (the center of Syrian Christianity) in 363 when the Persians invaded. Many of Ephraem’s works (hymns, metrical sermons, sermons, and commentaries) survive in the
Who’s Who in Christian History
Ephraem the Syrian
Ephraem the Syrian (c. 306–373)Deacon and teacher who labored to harmonize asceticism, culture, and ChristianityEphraem was born in Nisibis (now Nusaybin, Turkey), probably into a pagan family. He was taught by ascetic bishop James of Nisibis, and legend claims he attended the Council of Nicea (325)