Homilies of Jacob of Serugh

Ecclesiastical Affiliation

Syriac Orthodox


5th-6th Centuries (451-521)

Reference Works

GEDSH 433-435

BHO 413-414


Jacob’s corpus of homilies is the largest in the Syriac tradition. Akhrass (2015) identifies over four hundred. There are nearly two hundred modern editions and translations of his works. I am engaged on another project to make a full listing of these, along with detailed information about their presence in manuscripts. Here I have listed only the largest collections and some critical editions. 

Metrical Homilies

Albert, Micheline, ed. Jacques de Saroug: Homélies contre les Juifs. Translated by Micheline Albert. Patrologia Orientalis 174 (38.1). Turnhout: Brepols, 1976.

Alwan, Khalil, ed. Jacques de Saroug: Quatre homélies métriques sur la création. Translated by Khalil Alwan. Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium 508-509, Scriptores Syri 214-215. Leuven: Peeters, 1989.

Amar, Joseph P., ed. A Metrical Homily on Holy Mar Ephrem by Mar Jacob of Sarug. Translated by Joseph P. Amar. Patrologia Orientalis 209 (47.1). Turnhout: Brepols, 1995. 

Bedjan, Paul, ed. Acta martyrum et sanctorum. 7 vols. Paris: Harrassowitz, 1890-1897. Pages 1:131-1431:160-1723:665-794:650-6655:615-6276:650-6616:662-6736:674-689.

Bedjan, Paul, ed. Homiliae selectae Mar-Jacobi Sarugensis. 5 vols. Paris: Harrassowitz, 1905-1910. Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5

Bedjan, Paul, ed. S. Martyrii qui et Sahdona quae supersunt omnia. Paris: Harrassowitz, 1902. Pages 639-865.

Bedjan, Paul, and Sebastian P. Brock, eds. Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug. 6 vols. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2006. Volume 6 contains four homilies in addition to those included in Bedjan's other publications.

Brock, Sebastian. "Jacob of Serugh's Verse Homily on Tamar (Gen. 38)." Le Muséon 115, no. 3-4 (2002): 279-315.

Brock, Sebastian P. "The Syrian Orthodox Reaction to the Council of Chalcedon: Jacob of Serugh's Homily on the Council of Chalcedon." Texts and Studies: A Review for Hellenism in Diaspora 8-10 (1989-1991): 448-59.

Deppe, Klaus, ed. Kohelet in der syrischen Dichtung: Drei Gedichte über das Kohelet-Buch con Afrēm, Jakob von Sarug und Johannes von Mossul. Translated by Klaus Deppe. Göttinger Orientforshungen, Syriaca 6. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1975. Pages 68-121.

Strothman, Werner, ed. Der Prophet Hosea. Göttinger Orientforschungen, Syriaca 5. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1973.

Strothmann, Werner, ed. Drei Gedichte über den Apostel Thomas in Indien. Translated by Werner Strothmann. Göttinger Orientforschungen, Syriaca 12. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1976.

Prose Homilies

Zingerle, Pius, trans. Sechs Homilien des hieiligen Jacob von Sarug. Bonn, 1867. [Available from archive.org here]

Rilliet, Frédéric, ed. Jacques de Saroug: Six homélies festales en prose. Translated by Frédéric Rilliet. Patrologia Orientalis 196 (43.4). Turnhout: Brepols, 1986.

Further Bibliography and Notes
Guide to Manuscripts

Vööbus, Arthur. Handschriftliches Überlieferung der Mēmrē-Dichtung des Ja'qōb von Serūg. 4 vols. Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium 344-345, 421-422, Subsidia 39-40, 60-61. Leuven: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1973-1980.

Guides to Homilies

Akhrass, Roger-Youssef. "A List of Homilies of Mar Jacob of Serugh." Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Journal 53 (2015): 87-161. [Available at academia.edu]

Brock, Sebastian P. "The Published Verse Homilies of Isaac of Antioch, Jacob of Serugh, and Narsai: Index of Incipits." Journal of Semitic Studies 32, no. 2 (1987): 279-313.

Bedjan, Paul, and Sebastian P. Brock, eds. Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug. 6 vols. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2006. Pages 6:373-411.


Syri.ac has a list of his homilies according to the Bedjan volumes with link sto individual homilies here.