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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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