Books

We have selected and re-published a number of books that are key to understanding more about the Syriac culture and tradition.

266. Metropolitan Gurgis of Basibrina (d. 1495)

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Metropolitan Gurgis of Basibrina (d. 1495) Gurgis became a monk at the Qartamin Monastery. In 1450 he was ordained a metropolitan with the name Yuhanna. He was the most prominent among the bishops of his time. Twice he performed the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and bought a house for two hundred golden dinars and made it an endowment of our St. Mark’s Monastery in Jerusalem.563 He died at Mar Hananya Monastery in 1495. In 1462 he compiled a liturgy from nine liturgies by doctors of the church, all of which share the common name Yuhanna, including his own name. To this compilation he...

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267. The Monk Dawud (David) of Hims (d. 1500)

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The Monk Dawud (David) of Hims (d. 1500) Dawud is son of Abd al-Karim, son of Salah known as the Himsi (or the Phoenician).566 He was born at al-Qaryatayn in 1431 and moved to Hims when he was a young boy. He studied under the priest Musa Mukaysif and entered the Monastery of Mar Musa in al-Nabk where he became a monk and concentrated on learning. He was ordained a deacon. While still young he went to the Zafaran Monastery in 1459 to study. He remained at the monastery for a while, was ordained a priest and then he moved to the Monastery of the Cross near Hisn Kifa. For a time he became the...

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265. Patriarch Yuhanna bar Shay Allah (d. 1493)

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Patriarch Yuhanna bar Shay Allah (d. 1493) Patriarch Shay Allah belongs to the family of the priest Abu al-Karam, originally from Bartulli. His father is Shay Allah son of Sad al-Din, who is also nicknamed Ibn al-Asfar. Patriarch Shay Allah was born at Mardin in 1442 and studied Syriac literature under the priests Shimun of Amid and Yuhanna of Mardin as well as the monks Yeshu of Basibrina and Dawud (David) bar Qashafo of Qalat al-Imra’a.560 He also studied astronomy, dialectics, philosophy and also theology in Mardin, Syria and Egypt. He was ordained a bishop of al-Sawr and Amid in...

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264. Master Yeshu of Basibrina (d. 1492)

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Master Yeshu of Basibrina (d. 1492) Master Yeshu is son of the priest Isaiah of the Khughaym family. He studied the Syriac language and its literature under his father. He renounced worldly life and entered the Qartamin Monastery, where he led an ascetic life. He was ordained a priest before 1439 and for sometime he followed the life of a stylite. Under him studied a group of eminent church dignitaries as well as monks and priests from Tur Abdin. He lived much longer than his own colleagues and died at a very old age in 1492. He wrote the following: 1. Forty husoyos for the following: the...

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263. The Monk Malke Saqo (d. 1490)

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The Monk Malke Saqo (d. 1490) Malke is son of Yuhanna (John) Khughaym nicknamed Saqo. He was born at Basibrina and became a monk at the Qartamin Monastery and mastered the Syriac language and literature. He composed in the twelve-syllabic meter a good lengthy ode (25 pages) in praise of the Virgin Mary. In another copy this ode is entitled the Nativity of Our Lord in Human Body.553 Another ode is against those who deny the virginity of the Virgin Mary.554 He also compiled an order for the Friday of the White, from old copies and wrote some husoyos. We have read in the service book for the...

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262. Patriarch Aziz Ibn al-Ajuz (Bar Sobto) (d. 1481)

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Patriarch Aziz Ibn al-Ajuz (Bar Sobto) (d. 1481) Ibn al-Ajuz, also known as Abu al-Maani, was born at the village of Basila near Mardin. He became a monk at the Qartamin Monastery and followed a strict life of asceticism and austerity. He studied under Master Yeshu of Basibrina and became reputed for his virtue. He was ordained a priest and then a bishop for the diocese of Hah. On Maundy Thursday of the year 1461 he was invited to ascend the See of Tur Abdin. He died in 1481. He was very strict in observing church rules. In a correct but unsophisticated style he wrote the following: 1. A...

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