An Examination of the Teachings of Ephraim the Syrian and Aphrahat the Persian Sage and their implications for Christian Discipleship in Africa

Joshua D. Settles ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.8  No.3 March 2022 Issue  Article 2 pp.68-77
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2022832  |   Published online 3rd March 2022.
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This study is an examination of the teachings of two prominent Christian writers of Syrian Christianity: Ephraim the Syrian, and Aphrahat the Persian. It examines the cultural and religious background that informs their thought. It is a literary study that draws on extant writings of both theologians and identifies concepts that are key to understanding the Syrian Christian vision of discipleship and the Christian life and provides some implications of that vision that yield valuable insights into models of discipleship and formation that can strengthen African Christians on the journey to Christlikeness.

Keywords: Aphrahat the Persian, Ephraim the Syrian, Christian Discipleship, African Christianity, the Church.

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Joshua D. Settles is a Research Fellow, at the Centre for Primal & Christian Spirituality – Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture, Akropong – Akuapem, Ghana.

Settles J.D. “An Examination of the Teachings of Ephraim the Syrian and Aphrahat the Persian Sage and their implications for Christian Discipleship in Africa,” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 8 no.3 (2022): 68-77.  https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2022832

© 2022 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).