Posts made in April, 2008

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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281. The Priest Yuhanna (John) of Basibrina (d. 1729)

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The Priest Yuhanna (John) of Basibrina (d. 1729) John is son of the priest Aziz, son of the priest Isaiah nicknamed Qardash the Qalanzi by origin but was born and raised in Basibrina. He studied under masters of his time and was ordained a priest in 1702. He died in 1729. He composed two rhymed odes, the first in the dodecasyllabic meter on prayer;630 the second, in the heptasyllabic meter, on the invasion of Tur Abdin in October, 1714.631 His verse is of mediocre quality.

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280. Ishaq (Isaac) Patriarch of Antioch (1724)

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Ishaq (Isaac) Patriarch of Antioch (1724) Patriarch Ishaq is the son of Maqdisi Azar. He was born at Mosul and became a monk and was ordained a priest at St. Matthew’s Monastery. He became a bishop of this monastery and was elevated to the maphrianate of the East in 1687 and later to the office of the patriarchate in 1709 and was named Ignatius. He resigned his position because of old age in 1724. He was an energetic church dignitary who performed good deeds.628 While still a maphrian before 1699, he wrote a little book in fifteen chapters,629 on Syriac etymology and...

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279. The Bishop Hidayat Allah of Khudayda (1693)

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The Bishop Hidayat Allah of Khudayda (1693) Bishop Hidayat Allah is son of Shammo. He was born at Khudayda (the village of Qaraqosh near Mosul, Iraq) and studied Syriac under the priest Abd al-Masih Jumua. He was ordained a deacon and then a priest. When he became a widower in 1661 he became a monk at the Monastery of Mar Behnam. He moved to some other monasteries and in 1685 he accompanied Basilius Yalda the Khudaydi to Malabar in India. Yalda ordained him a bishop and named him Iyawannis. He succeeded Yalda in Malabar until his death in 1693. He composed an ode in the hepta-syllabic meter...

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