Posts made in August, 2019

259. Patriarch Behnam of Hidl (d. 1454)

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Patriarch Behnam of Hidl (d. 1454) Patriarch Behnam is son of Yuhanna of the Habbo Kanni family originally from Bartulli, but he was born at Hidl. He became a monk at the Qartamin Monastery and was ordained a priest. In 1404 he was consecrated a maphrian under the name Basilius and succeeded the Patriarch Ibrahim on the See of Mardin under the name Ignatius on July 24, 1412. After the death of Patriarch Basilius V, he was able because of his lenient policies to convince the diocese of the patriarch to proclaim him a legitimate patriarch. Thus in 1445 they proclaimed him Patriarch of Antioch....

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261. The Monk Gharib of Manimim (1476)

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The Monk Gharib of Manimim (1476) Gharib is son of Barsoum of Manimim. He became a monk and then was ordained a priest. He studied at the Monastery of Qartamin. In 1470 he wrote an order for the festival of Mar Awgen, into which he incorporated the pseudo story of the saint.547 He participated with the monk Yeshu in writing husoyos for the festival of Mar Barsoum, bishop of Kafrtut and Khabura.548 He was still living in 1476.

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260. Barsoum Madani, maphrian of the East (1455)

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Barsoum Madani, maphrian of the East (1455) Barsoum Madani studied under the priest Tuma (Thomas) and mastered the fundamentals of the Syriac language and its literature as well as religious sciences. He became a monk at the Monastery of Mar Yaqub (Jacob) in Salh and was ordained a priest. He became known for his ascetic life and piety and, therefore, was chosen by the patriarch Behnam to become the Maphrian of the East. He was consecrated on April 9, 1422 under the name Basilius. He fulfilled responsibilities of his office most appropriately and became reputed for his outstanding virtues and...

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5/6 MONGOLS, TURKS AND KURDS – DR. AZIZ ATIYA

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Library | Comments Off on 5/6 MONGOLS, TURKS AND KURDS – DR. AZIZ ATIYA

In spite of elements of decline in so many aspects of Syrian life and literature, the Jacobite church must have continued to thrive under Arab rule sufficiently for its community to produce men like Michael the Syrian, Dionysius bar Salibi, and Bar Hebrews. Indeed it is quite conceivable that the Jacobite church enjoyed one of its best periods of prosperity under Muslim rule towards the end of the twelfth and the beginning of the thirteenth centuries. On the authority of Bar Hebraeus,1 the august historian of that age, the Jacobite patriarchs then ruled over twenty metropolitans and about a...

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6/6 MISSIONARY MOVEMENT – DR. AZIZ ATIYA

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In their desperate struggle against ignorance and stagnation, the Jacobites ( The Syrians ) began to look to the West for co-operative measures, and the coming of the missionary appeared at first to be a sure way of salvation – hence the early acquiescence of the church to the emergence of this new modernizing factor in the educational and spiritual life of the people. The Syrian missions came from three sources Rome, America and England. All were no doubt well- meaning at the beginning and wished to render much-needed service. The Roman Catholics were the earliest on the scene, and...

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