Jump to navigation Jump to search « Ephrem » redirects here. Syriac Christian deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the fourth century. His feast day is celebrated on 28 January and on the Saint Ephrem Le Syrien PDF of the Venerable Fathers. Ephrem wrote a wide variety of hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose exegesis.
These were works of practical theology for the edification of the Church in troubled times. So popular were his works, that, for centuries after his death, Christian authors wrote hundreds of pseudepigraphal works in his name. Sassanid Assyria and Roman Mesopotamia, then-recently acquired by Rome. Internal evidence from Ephrem’s hymnody suggests that both his parents were part of the growing Christian community in the city, although later hagiographers wrote that his father was a pagan priest. Jacob, the second bishop of Nisibis, was appointed in 308, and Ephrem grew up under his leadership of the community. Jacob of Nisibis is recorded as a signatory at the First Council of Nicea in 325.