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Isaac of Syria

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Much has been made in some circles that St. Isaac was a member of the Church of Persia (known today at the [[Assyrian Church of the East]]), which later became connected in certain ways has been associated with the Nestorian heresy. The first edition (1984) of the Orthodox English translation of the St. Isaac's Ascetical Homilies contained an extensive Epilogue entitled "A Brief Historical and Theological Introduction to the Church of Persia to the End of the Seventh Century," written by Syriac scholar Dr. Dana R. Miller of Fordham University, which has been summarized thusly in the new (2011) more compact second edition: "Saint Isaac was and still is commonly called 'Nestorian Bishop of Nineveh' and the Church of Persia of his day, 'Nestorian'. The [First Editionfirst edition] Epilogue endeavored to demonstrate that the teachings of Nestorius did not inform the theology of the Church of Persia; that the writings of Theodore of Mopsuestia known to her were partial and imperfect translations, and that the controversy his writings caused in the Greek-speaking world were mostly unknown to the Church of Persia, cut off by linguistic differences and political boundaries; that in some cases it was extremism on the part of the Monophysites that led the Church of Persia to take a stance that might seem to lend itself to a Nestorian interpretation, such as the cautious avoidance of the term Theotokos to avoid Monophysite Theopaschism, though she professed the Virgin's Son to be perfect God and perfect man; that the fraternal relations with Byzantium remained open: no general and hardened opposition to the Fourth [Ecumenical] Council created a final division between the Church of Persia of Saint Isaac's day and the 'Chalcedonian' Church, as it did with the Monophysites, for whom the rejection of the Council of Chalcedon became a defining element of their identity. Its aim, in a word, was to show that the Church of Persia to which Saint Isaac belonged was neither heretical in theology nor schismatic in confession." (pages 74-75, "Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian", Revised Second Edition, translated and published by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA, 2011)
*''The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian'' , by Holy Transfiguration Monastery (19851984). ISBN 978-0913026557. *''The Ascetical Homilies of Mar Isaac of Nineveh'' , by Paul Bedjan (2007). ISBN 978-1593333898. (Texts of the homilies are in Syriac.)*''The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian'', Revised Second Edition, by Holy Transfiguration Monastery (2011). ISBN 978-0943405162 *''Mystical Treatises by Isaac of Nineveh'', by A. J. Wensinck (1923). Reprinted by []*''Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian) 'The Second Part', Chapters IV-XLI'', by Sebastian Brock (1995). ISBN 9068317091
[[Category:7th-century bishops]]
[[Category:Syrian Saints]]
[[Category:7th-century saints]]
[[ro:Isaac Sirul]]

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