Books

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

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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258. Quma the Patriarch of Tur Abdin (d. 1454)

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Quma the Patriarch of Tur Abdin (d. 1454) Quma is the son of the chieftain Jafal of Basibrina. At the beginning he was ordained a bishop for the Qartamin Monastery, but later was transferred to the diocese of Hah and then consecrated a patriarch for Tur Abdin in 1444.530 He died in 1454. He was knowledgeable in the works of many writers. He drew up a lengthy liturgy in good style, beginning thus: “O God who art thou the safety and peace of all people,” followed by a husoyo beginning thus: “Blessed art thou inviting sacrifice.”

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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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