Books

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

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

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 268. The Priest Addai of Basibrina (d. 1502)

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...

Read More

270. Patriarch Nuh the Lebanese (d. 1509)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 270. Patriarch Nuh the Lebanese (d. 1509)

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...

Read More

269. Metropolitan Sergius of Hah (d. 1508)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 269. Metropolitan Sergius of Hah (d. 1508)

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...

Read More

266. Metropolitan Gurgis of Basibrina (d. 1495)

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 266. Metropolitan Gurgis of Basibrina (d. 1495)

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...

Read More

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

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 267. The Monk Dawud (David) of Hims (d. 1500)

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...

Read More

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

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Library, Scholars and Writers | Comments Off on 265. Patriarch Yuhanna bar Shay Allah (d. 1493)

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...

Read More