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6356RE: [hugoye-list] Jacob of Edessa's Commentary on Genesis?

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  • Haar Romeny, R.B. ter
    Apr 30, 2014
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      I fully agree with Alison: it may very well be the Commentary on the Octateuch or Commentary in Short which is found in Vat. sir. 103 (together with the Commentary of the Monk Severus, which in itself also contains some Jacob). On this text, see Dirk Kruisheer, ‘Ephrem, Jacob of Edessa, and the Monk Severus: An Analysis of Ms. Vat. Syr. 103, ff. 1-72’, in R. Lavenant (ed.), Symposium Syriacum VII: Uppsala University (OCA 256; Rome, 1998), pp. 599-605. If it is something else, it would indeed be very exciting, as it would add a hitherto unknown source to Jacob’s works dealing with Genesis (in addition to the Commentary in Short, these are his On the Hexaemeron, his Book of Scholia, some of his letters, his revision of the biblical text, and his translation of Severus of Antioch’s Cathedral Homilies).


      With best wishes,



      From: hugoye-list@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hugoye-list@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Alison Salvesen
      Sent: woensdag 30 april 2014 11:03
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      Subject: Re: [hugoye-list] Jacob of Edessa's Commentary on Genesis?



      I am wondering whether the reference is to the chunks of Jacob of Edessa commenting on Genesis (and on other books) that have been incorporated into the Catena Severi (Vat. sir. 103), a phenomenon that has been known about for some time. Dirk Kruisheer and Bas Romeny have worked on the Catena, and the relationship of Jacob’s scholia in other MSS to the Jacob material in the Catena Severi. 


      But if Prof. Amar is referring to a discrete commentary of Jacob on Genesis that he has just discovered, that would indeed be exciting, though I suspect that it would overlap quite a lot with the bits and pieces of Jacob on Genesis that we already possess (e.g. scholia, Hexaemeron).


      Alison Salvesen




      On 30 Apr 2014, at 09:39, James R. Davila <jrd4@...> wrote:

      Dear Hugoye,


      The following rather poorly headlined article about the work of Joseph Amar on the Vatican Library catalogues has an interesting bit at the end:



      "Amar said the process often leads to new discoveries. For example, scholars believed for centuries that Jacob of Edessa, an influential Biblical scholar, had written a commentary on the Book of Genesis
      but no one could find it. Meanwhile, a catalog contained a misidentified Genesis commentary, Amar said. By comparing that manuscript’s writing and handwriting style with Jacob’s known works, Amar said he was able to correctly attribute the commentary to him."


      I am no specialist on Jacob of Edessa, but if this is accurate it sounds exciting.  Comments from those who know more?




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