In honor of my Iranian visitors, here’s a podcast of the work of a hometown boy: Aphrahat, the Persian Sage. Aphrahat (aka Pharhad, aka Aphraates) was abbot of the monastery of Mar Hattai, near Mosul. Born of pagan parents on the Persian border, he converted to Christianity as a young man and was baptized under the name Jacob. His 23 Demonstrations were probably written from AD 337-345.
I did record the rest of this essay and will put it up on archive.org. But the third part of the essay is really the interesting part, so that’s what I’m podcasting.