n HTS : Theological Studies - Ephrem the Syrian's hymn On the 4 : original research



This article offers a translation of the hymn 4 by Ephrem, the Syrian theologian, which forms part of his cycle of hymns for the celebration of Easter. The symbolic interpretation of particularly the tearing of the temple veil in this hymn - together with the cosmic signs which occurred at the death of Jesus - is investigated. An attempt is made to correlate Ephrem's fierce anti-Jewish polemics with the intentions of the authors of the Synoptic Gospels and with Ephrem's circumstances at the probable time of composition of the hymn.


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