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Arabic used to be one of the first languages within which the Gospel used to be preached. The booklet of Acts mentions Arabs as being current on the first Pentecost in Jerusalem, the place they heard the Christian message of their local tongue. Christian literature in Arabic is at the very least 1,300 years previous, the oldest surviving texts relationship from the eighth century. Pre-modern Arab Christian literature embraces such varied genres as Arabic translations of the Bible and the Church Fathers, biblical commentaries, lives of the saints, theological and polemical treatises, devotional poetry, philosophy, medication, and historical past. but within the Western historiography of Christianity, the Arab Christian heart East is taken care of in basic terms peripherally, if in any respect.
The first of its style, this anthology makes obtainable in English consultant choices from significant Arab Christian works written among the eighth and 18th centuries. The translations are idiomatic whereas retaining the nature of the unique. the preferred assumption is that during the wake of the Islamic conquests, Christianity deserted the center East to flourish in different places, leaving its unique heartland with out an indigenous Christian presence. before, a number of of those vital texts have remained unpublished or unavailable in English. Translated by way of major students, those texts characterize the foremost genres of Orthodox literature in Arabic. Noble and Treiger offer an creation that is helping shape a complete heritage of Christians in the Muslim international. the gathering marks a massive contribution to the heritage of medieval Christianity and the background of the medieval close to East.

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Arabic used to be one of the first languages during which the Gospel was once preached. The booklet of Acts mentions Arabs as being current on the first Pentecost in Jerusalem, the place they heard the Christian message of their local tongue. Christian literature in Arabic is not less than 1,300 years outdated, the oldest surviving texts relationship from the eighth century.

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Benefitting from an excellent education in both Greek and Arabic, Ibn al-Fadl produced not only numerous translations of the Church Fathers (John Chrysostom, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus, Isaac of Nineveh, John of Damascus, and Andrew of Crete, among others) but also a translation of the Psalms * According to the eleventh-century Christian physician and traveler Ibn Butlan, this monastery was half the size of the caliphal palace in Baghdad, and its wealth was estimated as 400,000 dinars per year.

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Also an Antiochene, he was approached by a delegation of the dignitaries of Homs (Emesa) in Syria asking him to become bishop of their city. He accepted the post with much trepidation, considering himself to be unworthy of the task. Yet several years later he resigned his post in the wake of canonical irregularities and certain unspecified “blasphemies” among the high clergy. In order to justify his decision, he wrote an extensive apology, which contains a lengthy disquisition on the nature of priesthood—perhaps the most elaborate discussion of the subject in all of Arab Christian literature.

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