A Syriac Christology and Polemics Against the Jews: a theology of Aphrahat

Kovács Ábrahám: A Syriac Christology and Polemics Against the Jews: a theology of Aphrahat. In: Református Szemle 102.2 (2009), 214-221. pp.

The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it sets the historical context in which Aphrahat wrote his Demonstrations and deals with the interesting relationship between his writings, ‘against the Jews’ and the Sassanian persecution of Christians. It also treats his refutation of the Jewish charges. Secondly, it addresses his ‘unique’ view of christology which is not in line with the Nicene decision concerning one aspect yet at the same time it is congruent with it. The paper also tries to point out that his view on christology was ‘unique’ but not exceptional in the Early Church.