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Nonnus of Nisibis, Commentary on the Gospel of Saint John
by Robert W. Thomson
SBL Press, 2014
Paper: 978-1-58983-987-8 | eISBN: 978-1-58983-989-2 | Cloth: 978-1-58983-988-5
Library of Congress Classification BS2615.53.N6513 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 226.507


A new English translation of the first text translated from Arabic to Armenian for research and classroom use

Robert W. Thomson translates this ninth-century commentary defending the miaphysite theological position of the Armenian church against the chalcedonian position of the Greek Byzantine church. Nonnus’s exegesis of the gospel falls in the context of trends in Eastern Christian biblical exposition, primarily the Syrian tradition. Therefore, Thomson emphasizes the parallels in Syriac commentaries on the book of John, noting also earlier Greek writers whose works were influential in Syria. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Armenian church and church history.


  • Introductory material on the text’s history, manuscript traditions, and theological importance

  • Translation of the Armenian text and commentary

  • Bibliography covering the Armenian, Greek, Syriac, and Arabic texts as well as secondary sources

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