Narsai

Mar Narsai (✝ ca. 500), spiritual writer and exegete for the school of Nisibis, wrote many poetic compositions for the Church of the East.

For more on his life and works, see the project underway through the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, part of Brigham Young University (here).

Works 

Homilies of Mar Narsai. 2 Vols (San Francisco: Patriarchal Press, 1970). Volume 1; Volume 2

A. Allgeier, "Der König und die Königin des 44. (45.) Psalmes im Lichte des N. Test. und der altchristlichen Auslegung. Ein Beitrag zur Begriffsgeschichte der Sponsa Christi." Der Katholik 19.3 (1917): 145-173.

A. Allgeier, "Ein syrischer Memrâ über die Seele religionsgeschichtlichem Rahmen", Archiv für Religionswissenschaft 21 (1922): 364-93.

S.P. Brock, "A Guide to Narsai's Homilies", Hugoye 12, no. 1 (2009): 21-40

R. H. Connolly, The Liturgical Homilies of Narsai: Translated into English with an Introduction (Cambridge, 1909).

A. Mingana, Narsai doctoris syri homiliae et carmina (Mosul, 1905). Volume 1; Volume 2

W. Macomber, "The Manuscripts of the Metrical Homilies of Narsai", OCP 39:2 (1973): 275-306.

J.P. Martin, "Homélie de Narsès sur les trois docteurs nestoriens", JA IX.14 (1899): 446-492; IX, 15 (1900), 469-525.

 

For further information on Narsai and his poems, a great bibliography can be found here through the BYU Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

  

The format of the works listed below will be listed as follows: 1) Title, 2) any alternate titles, 3) Incipit, 4) the Macomber number, and 5) other edited editions available in the Public Domain. 

Because the 2 Patriarchal Press volumes include the largest number of works, these will be listed first with a link provided for parallel texts found in Mingana's collections. Mingana's collection follows the Patriarchal Press volumes with a list of any Memre or Soghyatha which were not mentioned previously. The final section includes those works which are not included in either collection.

* indicates those considered dubious by Mingana

[Patriarchal Press 1, 2] [Mingana 1, 2] [Other Homilies]

Patriarchal Press Volume 1 [Back to Top]

 

Patriarchal Press Volume 2 [Back to Top]

Mingana Volume 1 [Back to Top]

(Not included in Patriarchal Press Volumes)

Mingana Volume 2 [Back to Top]

(Not included in Patriarchal Press Volumes) 

 

Other Homilies [Back to Top]

  • Memra for any Saint's Day

    • Vat. Borg. Sir.83 f. 210v-215v
    • ܩܠܐ ܚܕܬܐ ܕܡܟܪܙ ܚܝ̈ܐ ܫܡܥܘ ܡܝܘ̈ܬܐ
    • Macomber 17
  • Memra on the Canaanite Woman

    • Vat. Sir.594 f. 57v-61v
    • ܣܢܐܐ ܕܐܢܫܐ ܣܥܐ ܥܠ ܐܢܫܐ ܥܘܠܐܝܬ
    • Macomber 32
  • Confessors and Martyrs

    • Though this is transmitted with Narsai, Brock argues in his article "A Guide to Narsai's Homilies" (p. 27n6) that this homily belongs to Jacob of Sarug. It is edited as the 56th homily in the collection of Bedjan's homilies.
    • ܚܝܠܐ ܕܢܚܬ ܐܬܠܝ̈ܛܐ ܒܐܓܘܢܝ̈ܗܘܢ
    • Macomber 43
  • On the Workers in the Vineyard

    • Vat. Sir. 594 f.40r-45r
    • ܩܠ ܫܝܦܘܪܐ ܕܕܢܚܗ ܕܡܪܢ ܐܙܥܩ ܒܐܪܥܐ
    • Macomber 43
  • On the Antichrist

    • Vat. Sir. 594 f.45r-52r
    • ܛܒܐ ܒܠܝܠܐ ܫܡܥܢܢ ܕܐܬܐ ܒܫܘܠܡ ܙܒܢܐ
    • Macomber 43