Sulayman al-Ghazzi (Solomon of Gaza), Diwan
(d. 1027 AD)
"As the author of the first collection of Christian
religious poetry in Arabic, the early eleventh-century Palestinian
bishop Sulayman al-Ghazzi (or Solomon of Gaza) holds a unique place in
the history of Arab Christian literature. Although there appear to be no
outside sources for his biography, his highly personal verse has allowed
the editor of his works, Néophytos Edelby, to reconstruct the outline of
his life... Around the age of eighty, Sulayman was ordained bishop of a
see in Palestine, no doubt because of his great learning, which is
evident in his writings." (Samuel Noble, "Sulayman al-Ghazzi," edited by Samuel Noble and Alexander Treiger, ch.6 of
(Amazon book, 2014)
Diwan (Part B)
says, "Likewise my Master in human
form set me free.
He holds my destiny,
though He conceals it from me.
They put Him on the cross,
And in His members,
they also stretched me out.
In His death my human nature died and He
also arose with it,
In His Adamic body,
fashioned with clay.
From His side
flowed water and blood,
Offered for the salvation of the elect."
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