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The Use of the Gospel Parables in the Writings of Aphrahat and Ephrem


Kuriakose Valavanolickal

Contents: The terms used to denote the parables in Aphrahat and Ephrem; Matla, Tahwita, Pel'eta, Dmuta, Dumya and Sarba. Their methods of interpretation; interior and exterior or spiritual and historical interpretations - Adaptation of the parables to the needs of the fourth-century Church community - Their use of the Gospel versions - Reading of Aphrahat and Ephrem of uncertain origin - Agreements and divergences between Aphrahat and Ephrem.