Posts made in August, 2019

252. The Monk Daniel of Mardin (1382)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 252. The Monk Daniel of Mardin (1382)

The Monk Daniel of Mardin (1382) Daniel, who is also known as Ibn Isa, is an eminent learned man. He was born at Mardin in 1327, became a monk and then was ordained a priest at the Qatra Monastery. He studied and excelled in the Syriac language. Burned by desire to continue his studies, Daniel went to Egypt in 1356, where he spent seventeen years studying Arabic literature, dialectics and philosophy. Later he returned to his own country.509 He wrote in pleasant Arabic Kitab Usul al-Din (The Book of the Fundamentals of Religion) for which he was persecuted by the tyrant ruler, but the people...

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1. Yusuf (Joseph) bar Gharib, metropolitan of Amid (d. 1375)

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 1. Yusuf (Joseph) bar Gharib, metropolitan of Amid (d. 1375)

Yusuf (Joseph) bar Gharib, metropolitan of Amid (d. 1375) Joseph is the son of the noble elder Cyriacus, son of Gharib of Amid. He became a monk at the Monastery of Mar Hananya, was ordained a priest shortly before 1340 and then consecrated a metropolitan of Diyarbakr, assuming the name Dionysius. He most probably died shortly before 1375. A proficient writer, Bar Gharib wrote six husoyos for Lent and Palm Sunday. His name appears on these husoyos in ancient copies in Tur Abdin and the Zafaran Monastery. These husoyos have become part of the Church rite. In 1360 he wrote yet another husoyo...

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250. The Monk Ibrahim of Mardin (1365)

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The Monk Ibrahim of Mardin (1365) Ibrahim lived in the middle of the fourteenth century. He wrote an eight-page historical tract as related to him by the priest Aaron of Arzinjan and the Metropolitan Jacob Haddad of Hattakh. In this tract he mentioned the family of the former, the church of Arzinjan and the fate of the magnificent church objects, the precious books which were at the Monastery of Mar Barsoum, the seat of the patriarch, and the manuscripts transcribed by the monk Zabina of Shalbdin. He also mentioned the library of the Syrian Monastery in Egypt. We found two copies of this...

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249. Metropolitan Abu al-Wafa of Hisn Kifa

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Metropolitan Abu al-Wafa of Hisn Kifa Abu al-Wafa was born at Hisn Kifa, and was ordained a metropolitan for some of the dioceses in Tur Abdin, probably in the middle of the fourteenth century. We have read a husoyo by him in the book of Husoyos at the church of Hisn Kifa transcribed in 1507, praising Mar Nicolaus (Zakka), bishop of Mira. It begins thus: “Praise be to Him who glorifies the memory of his heroes in all the ages.” This is all that we know about him.

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248. The Deacon Abd Allah of Bartulli (1345)

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The Deacon Abd Allah of Bartulli (1345) Deacon Abd Allah, son of Barsoum, son of Abdo of Bartulli, is a man of letters and a calligrapher. He was ordained a deacon before 1296. He transcribed two manuscripts of the offices of ordination by Gabriel, metropolitan of al-Jazira, in 1300 to which he appended two precise historical tracts which attest to his good handling of the language. Among other things, these tracts contain the wars between Argun and Qazan Khan the Mogul kings with the Egyptian army as well as the achievements of the Maphrian Barsoum al-Safi.505 He also served as a secretary...

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