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St. Ephraim, having written countless hymns and sermons exclusively in the Syriac language, is especially beloved within the Syriac Orthodox Church. The Pearl contains eight hymns praising God for his love and offer of salvation. The collection takes its name from Jesus’ parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45-46). As in the parable, a beautiful pearl symbolizes God’s kingdom, irresistible and perfect. In verse that retains its beauty in translation, St. Ephraim explores how God’s grace changes lives.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Ephraim of Syria
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: 303, Nusaybin
Died: June 9, 373, Edessa,
Related topics: Commentaries, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works, Ephraem,--Syrus, Saint,--303-373, Hymns, Syriac
Basic information: Ephrem the Syrian was a Syriac and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century. His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world and many denominations venerate him as a saint. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church. Ephrem wrote a wide variety of hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose biblical exegesis.
Popular works: Pearl