Unlike its western counterpart, oriental theology is not systematic or philosophic. Fluid and complex in nature, it is more Biblical and spiritual. Oriental theologians use unique imagery and typology to interpret their religious teachings. They also
often use hymns as pedagogical instruments to present their ideas. Jacob of Serugh was one of the foremost Syriac poet-theologians of this kind. Second in stature only to Ephrem the Syrian, he too used images and types abundantly to demonstrate his
This book is a study on Jacob of Serugh’s vision of the Church with special reference to how he interpreted the Church as the bride of Christ. The poet–theologian extensively borrows types and images from the Old Testament
to explicate Christ’s redemptive activities. Through the image of the bride, he emphatically explains the love of God for the humankind.
1. Mar Jacob of Serugh: A Theological Investigation
2. Mar Jacob's Ecclesiological Homilies and Exegetical Methodology
3. Betrothal and Marriage Imagery
in Mar Jacob of Serugh
4. Christ as the Bridegroom
5. Church as the Bride of Christ
6. Eschatological Aspects in Mar Jacob's Interpretation of Bride Imagery
7. Relevance of the Bride-Bridegroom Imagery in the Present World
Fr. Dr. Santhosh K. Joshua was born in the village of Chenneerkara in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. Having finished his college education, he joined Mar Baselios Dayara (Monastery), Njaliakuzhy, Kottayam. After intensive training
at the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, he became a priest of the Malankara Orthodox Church in 2002. Thereafter, he served many parishes including some in the U.S.A. Continuing his education; he secured four masters degrees and a Ph.D. from
Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru. He translated the Promiyons and Sedres of the Three Days’ and Forty Days’ Lents and ‘the Book of Common Prayers’ into English. Currently, he serves as a visiting Professor at St. Thomas
Orthodox Seminary, Nagpur, India.