Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

History of Asceticism in the Syrian Orient. A Contribution to the History of Culture in the Near East. I.: The Origin of Asceticism. Early Monasticism in Persia (1958). II.: Early Monasticism in Mesopotamia and Syria (1960). 2 vols.

Louvain (Belgium): Secrétariat du CorpuSCO, 1958-1960. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. XXXVII, [1], 342, XXXII, 437, [1]pp. Original printed wrappers. Scarce work on the history and expansion of Christianity in the Syrian Orient in which Voobus states that the origin of the Christian message in Mesopotamia must have been related to Aramaen Christianity in Palestine. "This appears quite natural when we consider the fact that in other eastern countries the Jewish community appears to be the channel through which the first seed of the Christian Kerygma was transplanted, even where Christian community was not particularly strong. With regard to the Christian community in the mountains near Arbel, Voobus says that the earliest Christian mission here was of Jewish Christian provenance and the earliest figures of primitive Christianity in this mountainous area, "however dimly they appear, were Christian Jews who held close to the areas where there were Jewish communities." Further Voobus points out that it was neither the Greek Old Testament which became scriptural authority for Hellenistic Christianity nor the Hebrew original text which was translated into Syriac but the scriptures of the Palestinian synagogue, namely, the ancient Palestinian Targumim which came to be used among the Jewish Christians. Also the tradition of scriptural interpretation in the ancient Syrian church bears the mark of Jewish interpretation. Moreover, the ancient Christian art bears close resemblance to the Jewish art. All these point to the real nature of the Christian beginnings in the lands of Euphrates and Tigris. Minor age wear on wrappers with spines and edges of covers slightly age-toned. Very minor and sporadic pen underlining throughout. Wrappers in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g. Item #26475

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