Textul cel mai mare, critic şi autentic al lui Efrem a fost compilat între 1955 şi 1979 de către Dom Edmund Beck, OSB ca perte integrantă din ''Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium''.
Greek Ephrem"== Ephrem's artful meditations on the symbols of Christian faith and his stand against heresy made him a popular source of inspiration throughout the church. This occurred to the extent that there is a huge corpus of Ephrem [[ pseudepigraphy]] and legendary [[ hagiography]]. Some of these compositions are in verse, often a version of Ephrem's heptosyllabic couplets. Most of these works are considerably later compositions in Greek. Students of Ephrem often refer to this corpus as having a single, imaginary author called Greek Ephrem or Ephraem Graecus ( as opposed to the real Ephrem the Syrian). This is not to say that all texts ascribed to Ephrem in Greek are false, but many are. Although Greek compositions are the main source of pseudepigraphal material, there are also works in Latin, Slavonic and Arabic. There has been very little critical examination of these works, and many are still treasured by churches as authentic.
The most well known of these writings is the ''Prayer of Saint Ephrem'' that is a part of most days of fasting in Eastern Christianity:: O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power, and idle talk. : But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to thy servant.: Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.: O God, be gracious to me, a sinner.
Veneration as a saint ==[[Image:Ephrem the Syrian repose.jpg|left|frame| The repose of St. Ephrem]] Though St. Ephrem was probably not formally a [[ monasticism| monk]], he was known to have practiced a severe ascetical life, ever increasing in holiness. In Ephrem's day, monasticism was in its infancy in the Egypt. He seems to have been a part of a close- knit, urban community of Christians that had " covenanted" themselves to service and refrained from sexual activity. Some of the Syriac terms that Ephrem used to describe his community were later used to describe monastic communities, but the assertion that he was monk is probably anachronistic.
Ephrem is popularly believed to have taken certain legendary journeys. In one of these he visits St. [[ Basil the Great]]. This links the Syrian Ephrem with the [[ Cappadocian Fathers]], and is an important theological bridge between the spiritual view of the two, who held much in common.
Ephrem is also supposed to have visited Abba Bishoi (Pisoes) in the monasteries of the Wadi Natun, Egypt. As with the legendary visit with Basil, this visit is a theological bridge between the origins of monasticism and its spread throughout the church.
The most popular title for Ephrem is ''Harp of the Spirit'' ( Syriac Kenârâ d-Rûhâ). He is also referred to as the ''Deacon of Edessa'', the ''Sun of the Syrians'' and a ''Pillar of the Church''.
With the [[ Holy Tradition| Tradition of the Church]], Ephrem also shows that poetry is not only a valid vehicle for theology, but in many ways superior to philosophical discourse. He also encourages a way of reading the [[ Holy Scripture]] that is rooted in faith more than critical analysis. Ephrem displays a deep sense of the interconnectedness of all created things, which leads some to see him as a " saint of ecology. "
The hutzpah of our love is pleasing to you, O Lord, just as it pleased you that we should steal from your bounty.��?
The hater of mankind, in his shameless impudence, attacks The Holy Church in the person of her servers. O Lord, do not leave Thy holy Church without Thy care, that the promise that Thou didst utter concerning her invincibility may not be shown false."
Blessed is the person who has consented to become the close friend of faith and of prayer: he lives in singlemindedness and makes prayer and faith stop by with him. Prayer that rises up in someone's heart serves to open up for us the door of heaven: that person stands in converse with the Divinity and gives pleasure to the Son of God. Prayer makes peace with the Lord's anger and with the vehemence of His wrath. In this way too, tears that well up in the eyes can open the door of compassion."
The Seraph could not touch the fire's coal with his fingers, but just brought it close to Isaiah's mouth: the Seraph did not hold it, Isaiah did not consume it, but us our Lord has allowed to do both .
* (Ephrem is) "The greatest poet of the patristic age and, perhaps, the only theologian-poet to rank beside Dante." — Robert Murray.
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