Posts made in August, 2019

257. The Priest Simon of Amid (1450)

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The Priest Simon of Amid (1450) Simon was ordained a priest by the Patriarch Behnam. He taught Syriac at the school of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin. He died about 1450. We read in an old manuscript in his own handwriting ten husoyos composed by him for the festival of the Cross and the Friday of Gold (the first Friday after Pentecost) and for the Sunday of the Dispensation of our Lord, the Saints Azazel, Cyriacus, Macarius and a certain martyr.529 But these husoyos did not enter the church rite.

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256. The Priest Sahdo

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The Priest Sahdo Sahdo was a poet who lived in the first half of the fifteenth century. He composed a rhymed hymn on the end of the world in the heptasyllabic and pentasyllabic meters.528

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255. The Priest Isaiah of Basibrina (d. 1425)

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The Priest Isaiah of Basibrina (d. 1425) The priest Isaiah is the son of the deacon Denha, son of Tuma (Thomas) Kughaym of Basibrina. He was a good writer and poet whose poetry is clear and natural. He flourished in the last two decades of the fourteenth and the first quarter of the fifteenth centuries. He travelled to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage, an unusual accomplishment in those times, in 1417 and died in 1425.522 He was the master of language in his time. He established a school in his town which was the center of the Syriac language. Many studied language and religious sciences under him....

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254. Philoxenus the Scribe (d. 1421)

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Philoxenus the Scribe (d. 1421) Philoxenus was ordained a metropolitan and then consecrated Patriarch of Antioch in 1387 at the Kwaykhat Monastery. He is the second patriarch by this name. He resided in al-Sham (Syria) and died in 1421. The writer who continued Bar Hebraeus’s Ecclesiastical History praised him greatly. He stated, “Philoxenus was an excellent writer and a competent doctor in both religious and secular sciences. He is only matched by the priest Isaiah of Basibrina.”521 However, we have discovered none of his...

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253. Patriarch Ibrahim ibn Gharib (d. 1412)

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Patriarch Ibrahim ibn Gharib (d. 1412) Patriarch Ibrahim is a brother of the Metropolitan Yusuf (Joseph) ibn Gharib. He became a monk at the Mar Hananya Monastery and was ordained a priest before 1355. He loved learning and had a collection of books.518 About 1375 he succeeded his brother as Metropolitan of Amid, assuming the name Cyril. He compiled a liturgy containing anaphoras (liturgy or missal) of the Fathers of the Church, including one written by his brother in thirteen pages.519 He wrote a husoyo for the morning service of the Saturday of Lazarus.520 He was installed as a patriarch of...

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