Books

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

272. Patriarch Masud of Zaz (d. 1512)

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Patriarch Masud of Zaz (d. 1512) Patriarch Masud is son of Shimun (Simon). He was born at the village of Zaz in 1431. In 1453 he resided at the Monastery of the Cross in Bethel where he lived a strict ascetic life. At the beginning he was an illiterTo update this app, you need to accept it on the Account page in the App Store.ate but when he took to ascetic life in some caves he was enlightened through divine providence, and began to dictate to his companions wonderful spiritual treatises without his knowledge. Later he studied the Syriac language and was ordained a priest. In 1464 he was...

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271. The Monk Aziz of Midyat (1510)

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The Monk Aziz of Midyat (1510) Monk Aziz is son of the monk Saliba, son of Basus. He was born at Midyat and later joined the staff of Patriarch Masud by whom he was trained for the ascetic life, and whom he served for forty-five years at the Cross Monastery and at Salh after he had become a monk in 1465 and a priest. In a polished style he wrote the biography of his instructor, Patriarch Masud, after he became a metropolitan. This biography consists of six pages. He compiled the ascetic treatises of Patriarch Masud in a book entitled The Spiritual Ship,593 which otherwise would have been...

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268. The Priest Addai of Basibrina (d. 1502)

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The Priest Addai of Basibrina (d. 1502) Addai is son of the priest Malke, son of the priest Addai. He was born at Basibrina and studied Syriac under his uncles, Master Gurgis and the monk Yeshu. He was ordained a priest in 1464 and for a time taught at the school of his town which had more than three hundred pupils.583 He became reputed for his learning and many students were graduated under him. He was also known for his neat thick handwriting.584 In 1490 he went to Jerusalem to perform the pilgrimage and died shortly after 1502. Some of his sons became priests. In correct but...

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270. Patriarch Nuh the Lebanese (d. 1509)

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Patriarch Nuh the Lebanese (d. 1509) Patriarch Nuh was a prominent church dignitary known for his piety and good administration. He was also a writer and a poet but some of his verse is marred by the unnaturalness of style which was prevalent in his time. He was at the village of Baqufa in the mountain of Lebanon in 1451 and was converted from Maronism to Orthodoxy. He studied the Syriac language and religious sciences under the monk-priest Tuma of Hims in the Monastery of Mar Musa the Abyssinian. He was ordained a priest and then a metropolitan for Hims in 1480 under the name Cyril. He was...

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269. Metropolitan Sergius of Hah (d. 1508)

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Metropolitan Sergius of Hah (d. 1508) Sergius is son of Yusuf (Joseph) Qaruna of Hah. He became a monk in 1470 at the Cross Monastery where he was trained in asceticism by Masud the head monk of Tur Abdin, and reached a high degree of ascetic life. He was ordained a priest and performed the pilgrimage to Jerusalem twice, in 1489, and 1495. He also visited Cyprus. He was consecrated a metropolitan of Hah in 1505 under the name Dionysius. He most likely died in 1508. He was a good writer and calligrapher, praised by his contemporaries. He wrote a useful tract on his trip to Cyprus and Jerusalem...

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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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