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In: Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions

This paper is based on the treatise Demonstration of the Correctness of the Faith written in the 11th century by the East Syriac author and bishop Elijah of Nisibis. This eulogy of the East Syriac faith attempts to legitimate a church as orthodox, and to define the criteria which make and denounce the confessional others as heretics. The author rejects the beliefs of the Christian rivals of his church, harshly criticizing two denominations, the Melkite and the Jacobite community, dismantling dogmatic aspects as well as forms of practical worship.

Elijah does not discuss the current situation of East Syrians under Islam. Of paramount importance for his church is to keep the inter-confessional borders, which give to East Syrians the strength to transmit their doctrine over the centuries as the foundation of truth in a region dominated by Christian fragmentation and Arabic culture.

In: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
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Aiming to develop a less studied literary genre, this book provides a well-rounded picture of spiritual and physical diseases and their remedies as they were ingrained in the imagination and practices of Middle Eastern Abrahamic cultures, with a special emphasis of Christian communities (Greeks/Byzantines, Syrians, Armenians, Georgians, Ethiopians). The volume traces traditions dealing with the onset of a disease in the body and soul, the search for remedy, the maintenance of healing, and the engagement of these processes with faith—either through their affirmation in the public sphere or remaining within the personal framework, as in monastic traditions. A recurring presence in religious literature and the history of the intellectual world, the confrontation between disease and healing may well still be current for our modern understanding of the paths to seeking and maintaining the health of one’s body and soul, without excluding the factor of faith as a core principle.
In: Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Middle Eastern Religious Cultures and Traditions