Reflections on Ephrem’s Commentaries


Pursuing Veritas

This post is part of an ongoing series examining Ephrem the Syrian and early Syriac Christianity.

Saint Ephrem the Syrian Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Though said to have written a commentary on every book of the Bible, the only authentic and extant prose commentaries of Ephrem the Syrian are those on Genesis and (part of) Exodus. These commentaries, following the more traditional “text and gloss” approach, represent a distinct departure from Ephrem’s approach in his Hymns to commentary and theology. This essay offers several reflections on these commentaries, concluding that they represent an important part of any attempted reconstruction of Ephrem’s conception of scripture and theology.

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