HTS Theological Studies
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BOTHA, Philippus J. (Phil). Ephrem the Syrian's hymn On the Crucifixion 4. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.3, pp.01-08. ISSN 2072-8050. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.3012.
This article offers a translation of the hymn De Crucifixione 4 by Ephrem, the Syrian theologian, which forms part of his cycle of hymns for the celebration of Easter. The symbolic interpretation of particularly the tearing of the temple veil in this hymn - together with the cosmic signs which occurred at the death of Jesus - is investigated. An attempt is made to correlate Ephrem's fierce anti-Jewish polemics with the intentions of the authors of the Synoptic Gospels and with Ephrem's circumstances at the probable time of composition of the hymn.