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Narsai (c.399–c.502)

  1. Joseph P. Amar

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0968

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Amar, J. P. 2011. Narsai (c.399–c.502). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Narsai (c.399–c.502) is one of the foremost poet-theologians of the Syriac Church, perhaps equal in stature to Jacob of Sarug, but both second only to Ephrem the Syrian. He is the most important writer of the Church of the East, in which he is known as the “Harp of the Spirit.” Although many of his works have been lost, approximately 80 of his metrical homilies (mîmrê) are extant.


  • Narsai (c.399–c.502);
  • foremost poet-theologians of syriac church;
  • stanzaic patterns;
  • the statutes of the school of nisibis;
  • mîmrê, biblical and doctrinal themes