Books

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

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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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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