• Thomas Kollamparampil Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
Keywords: Corporate personality, Covenantal perception, Divine pedagogy, Globalization, Sacramental understanding, Synchronic vision, Syriac Orient


The corporate nature of human existence and endeavours is coming into evidence in the present day world order. At present the religious sense of ‘corporate personality’ and ‘communal behaviour’ patterns, seen in the Biblical history, are getting incarnated even in the secular sphere. In the Christian vision there are prominent strands evolved from the ‘Greek East’ and ‘Latin West’, both of which are indebted to a far prior set of Christian foundations based on the Semitic Judeo-Christian legacies evolved through the Old and New Testament worldviews. At present, ‘Syriac Orient’ is the surviving heir to the Semitic Judeo-Christian legacies. Together with the Greco-Roman thrust of Christianity, ‘Syriac Orient’ preserved and made flourish such Semitic Judeo-Christian legacies very prominently in the history of Christian theology and spirituality.

Author Biography

Thomas Kollamparampil, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram

Dr. Thomas Kollamparampil CMI, member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican, is a Professor of Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore. He has his MSt in Syriac Studies from Oxford University and a ThD from the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum in Rome. He is the author of Jacob of Serugh: Select Festal Homilies (Bangalore, 1997) and Salvation in Christ according to Jacob of Serugh (Bangalore, 2001), which has two American editions as well (Gorgias Dissertations in Early Christian Studies, No. 49, 2010, 2014).


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Edmund Beck, ed. and trans., Ephraem Des Syrers, Hymnen Contra Haereses, CSCO, Scriptores Syri, Tomus 77, Louvain: Durbecq, 1957, 91.

HCJ = Jacques de Sarug, Homélies contre les juifs, M. Albert, ed., Patrologia Orientalis 38 (fasc. 1), Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1976.

Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, Paris, 1903, 186 (Syriac 82), 183.

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SMS = S. Martyrii, qui et Sahdona, quae supersunt omnia, P. Bedjan, ed., Paris Otto Harrassowitz, 1902, 614-865; FH = Jacob of Serugh: Select Festal Homilies, T. Kollamparampil, trans., Rome and Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 1997.

SHF = Jacques de Sarug, Six Homélies Festales en Prose, Frédéric Rilliet, (ed. + tr.), in Patrologia Orientalis 43 Turnhout, Belgique: Brepols, 1986.

Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1993, 84.

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HCJ = Jacques de Sarug, Homélies contre les juifs, M. Albert (ed.), in Patrologia Orientalis 38 (fasc. 1), Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1976.

How to Cite
Kollamparampil, T. (2015). GLOBAL HUMANITY AND THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES FROM AN EASTERN VIEW . Journal of Dharma, 40(4), 509-526. Retrieved from