Scholars and Writers

287. Metropolitan Yaqub Mirijan (d. 1804)

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Metropolitan Yaqub Mirijan (d. 1804) Metropolitan Yaqub Mirijan was born at the village Arnas. He became a monk in a monastery in his native country and was ordained a priest. About 1778, he was ordained a bishop and headed the diocese of Midyat. He died in 1804. I have read eleven odes composed by him in the three meters (the five, seven and dodecasyllabic meters) on repentance, on the vicissitudes of his time and on the two righteous men Job and Joseph. These odes are partly good and partly poor.653

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286. The Chorepiscopus Yaqub (Jacob) of Qutrubul (d. 1783)

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The Chorepiscopus Yaqub (Jacob) of Qutrubul (d. 1783) The Chorepiscopus Yaqub is son of the Deacon Tuma (Thomas) known as Ibn al-Khawaja. He was born at Qutrubul, a village of Amid. He studied Syriac under masters of his time and mastered its fundamentals and literature. He was ordained a deacon and later an archdeacon. About 1771 he was ordained a priest and eight years later he became a chorepiscopus. He died in 1783. In 1764 he wrote a book on Syriac etymology, entitled The Rose of Learning. It consists of three hundred seventy-eight large size pages, divided into twenty-three parts, which...

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285. The Maphrian Shukr Allah of Aleppo (d. 1764)

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The Maphrian Shukr Allah of Aleppo (d. 1764) Maphrian Shukr Allah is son of the Deacon Musa al-Qasabji. He was born at Aleppo in which he also studied Syriac, becoming proficient in it and in Arabic, though not excelling in it. He also studied religious sciences, became a monk and later was ordained a priest. He was consecrated a maphrian for Malabar in India in 1748 under the name Basilius. He died in Malabar in 1764. He was of commendable deeds and character. His general knowledge was extensive. In 1751 he wrote his Journey to Malabar in Syriac, consisting of eleven pages, which we have...

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284. The Monk Abd al-Nur of Amid (d. 1755)

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The Monk Abd al-Nur of Amid (d. 1755) Monk Abd al-Nur, son of Nimat Allah of Amid, became a monk at Mar Malke’s Monastery in Tur Abdin in 1700. After his ordination as a priest he traveled the countries, reaching Rome and Paris. He returned from his trip and resided at the Zafaran Monastery and for sometime at Mar Yaqub (Jacob) Monastery (from 1722 till his death in 1755). He had a good knowledge of Syriac and a mediocre knowledge of Arabic. He translated into Arabic Bar Salibi’s scholia on the Gospel, and the book entitled The Cause of all Causes and Bar Kifa’s A Commentary...

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283. The Chorepiscopus Abd Yeshu of Qusur (1750)

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The Chorepiscopus Abd Yeshu of Qusur (1750) Abd Yeshu is son of Nimat Allah. He was born at the village Qusur and studied the Syriac language and mastered its calligraphy. In 1718 he was ordained a priest for Diyarbakr and a chorepiscopus in 1738. He died after 1751. He composed six rhymed odes in the heptasyllabic meter in praise of some dignitaries of his time. In the first ode, which he composed in 1713 while still a deacon, he praised the achievements of the Patriarch Jurjis II.643 In another ode he eulogized the two martyrs Maphrian Shimun and Metropolitan Rizq Allah.644 His verse is...

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282. Maphrian Shimun (Simon) (d. 1740)

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Maphrian Shimun (Simon) (d. 1740) Mar Basilius Shimun, son of Malke of Manimim, is a unique learned man of his time. He became a monk at a monastery in Tur Abdin before 1695, and was ordained a priest. Because of his ascetic and virtuous life, he was ordained a maphrian for Tur Abdin in 1710 under the name Basilius. In the following year he returned to his ascetical life and worship. About 1727, he resumed the administration of his diocese until he was killed by the tyrant Abdal Agha the Kurd on April 6, 1740. He died a martyr for his religion and canon law. He was a good church father who...

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