History of the Syrian Nation and the Old Evangelical-Apostolic Church of the East; From Remote Antiquity to the Present Time

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 306 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...who all agreed to the resolutions, and Mar Ezekiel's synod ended peacefully. CHAPTER XXIII JACOB OF SERUGH. JACOB of Serugh was a celebrated Syrian author. He is called "the flute of the Holy Spirit, and the harp of the believing church." Jacob was born at Kurtain, a village of the river Euphrates, 451. His father was a priest, and his parents, being childless for many years, regarded his birth as a reward for their prayers and vows. He was known for his learning; he devoted himself especially to literary work. 519, at the age of 68, he was elected bishop of Batnan, the chief town of Serugh, where he died 521. He has written many works, many of his letters are still extant. His poetical works are most numerous, and 300 of them are preserved in the libraries. Very few of those have been published, although they are of considerable interest. Jacob was a monophysite his whole life. Abraham of Kashkar, called "The Great." He had studied at Nisibis, and went to Herta, where he worked as a missionary among the heathen. He traveled very much, visiting many cities, and finally he settled down as a hermit in a cave on Mount Gila. He had many disciples, and a large monastery was built, which was known on account of the strict moral rules-given by Abraham. He died 568, 95 years old. 525 A. D. Edessa was almost destroyed by flood; the walls of the city collapsed, and many inhabitants perished. It was the 4th time that Edessa was ruined by flood. 510 Patra, bishop of Edessa, died, and was succeeded by Paul. King Hormezd IV, 579-590. He was the son of Kesro I, and was an able and just prince who always held the poor against the great. He was kind to the Christians. It is said that when the magi asked him to withdraw his favors from the Christians, he ...

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