Their theological teaching is misty and perplexing; their earliest writings contain no error, and the hymns of their great St Ephrem, still sung in their services, are positively antagonistic to "Nestorianism"; their theology dating from the schism is not so satisfactory.
CHRISTOPH GOTTFRIED BARDILI (1761-1808), German philosopher, was born at Blaubeuren in Wurttemberg, and died 1 Even Ephrem allows that Bardaisan was in principle a monotheist.
1 Fragments of the Commentary of Ephrem Syrus upon the Diatessaron (London, 1895).
Burgess, Select Metrical Hymns of Ephrem Syrus (1853).
As Duval remarks: " quant a la prolixite de saint Ephrem que nous trouvons parfois fastidieuse, on ne peut la condamner sans tenir compte du gait des Syriens qui aimaient les repetitions et les developpements de la meme pensee, et voyaient des qualites la ou nous trouvons des defauts " (Litter.
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