Click here to skip to content

2002 articles 1996 articles

A further note on 'asiantos' in Ephraem the Syrian

David G. K. Taylor

Abstract

Asa devotee of Ephraem the Syrian I recently read with great interest T. S. Pattie's welcome edition and translation of a tenth-century Greek fragment of the 'Sermo Compunctorius' (CPG 3908) which has traditionally, though probably erroneously, been attributed to St Ephraem. Whilst editing this fragment Pattie noticed that it contained the extremely rare word 'asiantos' which previous editors of the complete text had sought, whether explicitly or tacitly, to emend. Against these earlier editors Pattie argued, with impressive manuscript support, that asiantos is the authentic reading, and in this he is indubitably correct. I disagree, however, with his proposed derivation for the word and wish to propose an alternative.

A further note on 'asiantos' in Ephraem the Syrian (PDF format), 1.25MB

Download the free Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer
Adobe Acrobat solutions for accessibility