Jacob of Edessa - ܝܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܝ (ca. 630 - 708)

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Bp. of Edessa (ca. 684–9, 708) and scholar.1


  • ܝܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܝ
  • Jacob of Edessa
  • ܝܥܩܘܒ ܐܘܪܗܝܐ6, 7
  • ܝܲܥܩܘܿܒ ܐܘܼܪܗܵܝܵܐ5
  • ܡܪܝ ܝܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܝ4
  • ܡܳܪܝ ܝܰܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܳܝ4
  • مار يعقوب الرهاوي3
  • Jacobus Edessae13
  • Jacob of Edessa
  • Jacob of Edessa7
  • Jacques d’Édesse8
  • Jaʿqôb(h) von Edessa12
  • Mar Jacob of Edessa2
  • Yaʿqub of Edessa1

Sex: male9


  • Syr. Orth. 1


In hagiography: Jacob of Edessa was commemorated as one of the greatest Syrian orthodox scholars and biblical commentators. He joined the monastery of Qenneshre, and he studied in Alexandria and Edessa. After he became Bishop of Edessa, he retired with two students to teach Greek at the convent of Eusebona, and then he wrote commentaries on scripture. He died at the monastery of Tell ʿAda.

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  • Birth: ca. 6301
  • Death: 7081
  • Office: ca. 684-9, 708 1

Works Cited

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  • 1 A. G. Salvesen, "Yaʿqub of Edessa." in Sebastian P. Brock et al. (eds.), The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011), pp: 432-433.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to e-GEDSH entry
  • 2 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences, trans. Matti Moosa, 2nd rev. ed. (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2003), entry: 109, pp: 334.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 3 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, al-Luʼluʼ al-manthūr fī tārīkh al-ʻulūm wa-al-ādāb al-Suryāniyyah, 4th ed. (Holland: Bar Hebraeus Verlag, 1987), pp: 291.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 4 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, Berule bdire d-ʿal yulpone suryoye hdire, trans. Philoxenos Yuḥanon Dolabani, 2nd ed. (Holland: Bar Hebraeus Verlag, 1991), pp: 317.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 5 ʿAbdishoʿ bar Brikha, Ktābā d-metqre margānitā d-ʿal šrārā da-kresṭyānutā, 2nd ed. (Mosul: Mṭabbaʿtā ātoraytā d-ʿēdtā ʿattiqtā d-madnḥā, 1924), pp: 80.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 6 Josephus Simonius Assemani, Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana (Rome: Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1719-1728)., pp: III:229.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Worldcat Bibliographic record
  • 7 Sergey Minov (ed.), A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity (The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013), entry: Jacob of Edessa.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 8 Ugo Zanetti and Claude Detienne, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca, entry: 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 502, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, 559, 567, 568, 570, 571, 673, 1115.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 9 Jean Maurice Fiey, Saints Syriaques (Princeton, N.J.: The Darwin Press, Inc., 2004), entry: 223.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 10 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, al-Luʼluʼ al-manthūr fī tārīkh al-ʻulūm wa-al-ādāb al-Suryāniyyah, 2nd. Ed. (Aleppo, 1956)., : 363-82.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 11 Enciclopedia dei santi: le chiese orientali [= Bibliotheca sanctorum orientalium] (Roma: Città nuova, 1998)., : I, 1019-20.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Worldcat Bibliographic record
  • 12 Anton Baumstark, Geschichte der syrischen Literatur mit Ausschluß der christlich-palästinensischen Texte (Bonn: A. Marcus und E. Webers Verlag Dr. jur. Albert Ahn, 1922), pp: 248-256.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to Archive.org Bibliographic record
  • 13 Ignatius Ortiz de Urbina, Patrologia Syriaca, Altera editio emendata et aucta (Romae: Pont. Institutum Orientalium Studiorum, 1965), section: 129.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 14 J.S. Assemani, De scriptoribus Syris orthodoxis, Bibliotheca orientalis Clementino-Vaticana vol. 1 (Rome: Typis Sacræ Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1719), pp: 468-94.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 15 J.-B. Chabot, Littérature syriaque, Bibliothèque catholique des sciences religieuses; Littératures chrétiennes de l'Orient (: Librairie Bloud & Gay, 1934), pp: 84-88.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
  • 16 Sebastian Paul Brock, A Brief Outline of Syriac Literature, 2nd ed., rev. and enlarged , Mōrān ʾEthʾō, vol. 9 (Kottayam: St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute, 2008), pp: 49-50.Link to Syriaca.org Bibliographic Record.
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Jacob of Edessa  Has literary connection to place (9) records.
Aleppo (settlement) - ܚܠܒ Names: BeroeaBerrhoea"City in northern Syria and an important center of Christianity in the Middle East today as the seat of a total of nine bishoprics."URI: http://syriaca.org/place/18
Tell Rumanin (unknown) - ܬܠܪ̈ܘܡܢܝܢ Names: Tell RumninThe location of an addressee of canons from Yaʿqub of Edessa .URI: http://syriaca.org/place/1516
Serugh (settlement) - ܣܪܘܓ Names: SarujSarugAn ancient city where Jacob of Serugh was bishop.URI: http://syriaca.org/place/48
Antioch (settlement) - ܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ Names: Antakya"City in the historical region of Syria (today in Turkey)."URI: http://syriaca.org/place/10
Dayro da-Ṭlito (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܛܠܝܬܐ Names: Monastery of Beth MelutaMonastery of ṬalithaAn unlocated monastery.URI: http://syriaca.org/place/1514
Dara (settlement) - ܕܪܐA Roman city between Mardin and Nisibis.URI: http://syriaca.org/place/67
Kfar ʿUzail (settlement) - ܟܦܪ ܥܘܙܝܠ Names: Kafr ʿŪzīlKfar UzailKfar ‘UzailKafr ŪzīlKafr ‘ŪzīlURI: http://syriaca.org/place/1380
Dayr al-Athārib (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܐܬܐܪܒ Names: Monastery of AtharbA monastery near Aleppo .URI: http://syriaca.org/place/1513
Ṭur ʿAbdin (region) - ܛܘܪܥܒܕܝܢ Names: Tur ʿAbdinTur AbdinṬūr ʿAbdīnṬur AbdinṬur ‘AbdinTur AbdinTur ‘AbdinṬūr AbdīnṬūr ‘Abdīn"Properly speaking Ṭur ʿAbdin Mountain of the servants does not include the whole province of Mardin in Turkey but only the limestone plateau..."URI: http://syriaca.org/place/221
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Jacob of Edessa  Died at (1) records.
Tell ʿAda (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܬܠܥܕܐ Names: Talʿada MonasteryGreat Monasterymonastery of Tell AdaTell AdaTell ‘AdaTalada MonasteryTal‘ada Monastery"The Monastery of Tell ʿAda also known as the Great Monastery is located just over 48 km from Aleppo 1500 m north of..."URI: http://syriaca.org/place/233
Jacob of Edessa  Born at (1) records. Jacob of Edessa  Different from (1) records.
Jacob, the deacon — - ܝܥܩܘܒ (A Guide to Syriac Authorsauthor, 451 ) Names: Jacob DeaconYaʿqubYaqubYa‘qubJacques le diacreURI: http://syriaca.org/person/28
Jacob of Edessa  Has relation to place (6) records.
Qenneshre (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܩܢܫܪܝܢ Names: QenneshrinQenneshrin MonasteryMonastery of Qenneshre"A W Syr monastery that in its heyday 6th 9th cent stood out as a center of Greek study in the Syriac speaking..."URI: http://syriaca.org/place/230
Syria (region) - ܣܘܪܝܐA historical region bounded on the north by the Euphrates River and the Taurus Mountains on the west by the Mediterranean Sea on the...URI: http://syriaca.org/place/486
Edessa (settlement) - ܐܘܪܗܝ Names: UrfaAdmeAntiochia KallirhoeUrhayA city of Mesopotamia , the capital of the ancient kingdom of Osrhoene , modern Urfa.URI: http://syriaca.org/place/78
Mor Yaʿqub (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܝܥܩܘܒ Names: Mor Yaʿqub Jacob MonasteryMor YaqubMor Ya‘qubMor Yaqub Mor Ya‘qub A monastery in Kaysum .URI: http://syriaca.org/place/397
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How to Cite This Entry

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Jacob of Edessa — ܝܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܝ ” in Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints last modified December 9, 2016, http://syriaca.org/person/113.


Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Jacob of Edessa — ܝܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܝ .” In Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints, edited by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, David A. Michelson and Nathan P. Gibson. Vol. 1 of The Syriac Biographical Dictionary, edited by David A. Michelson. Syriaca.org, 2016-. Entry published December 9, 2016. http://syriaca.org/person/113.

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Entry Title: Jacob of Edessa — ܝܥܩܘܒ ܕܐܘܪܗܝ

Additional Credit:

  • Data from Macuch, Abuna, De Urbina, Duval, Assemani (vols. 1-2), Chabot, Wright, and Brock collected, verified, reconciled, and entered by Kristian Heal
  • German data entry by Samer Khader
  • Editing, proofreading, data entry and revision by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent
  • Editing, document design, data architecture, encoding, proofreading, data entry by David A. Michelson
  • Proofreading of GEDSH abstracts, addition of confessions and alternate names from GEDSH, matching with viaf.org records, data entry, data transformation, data merging, conversion to XML by Nathan P. Gibson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English name entry, matching with viaf.org records by James E. Walters
  • Editing, Syriac name entry, disambiguation research, conversion to XML by Thomas A. Carlson
  • Editing, Syriac data conversion, data entry, and reconciling by Adam P. Kane
  • Editing and Syriac data proofreading by Aram Bar Schabo
  • Syriac name entry by Robert Aydin
  • Arabic name entry by Jad Kaado
  • Normalization of GEDSH dates and entry matching with viaf.org records by Alex Vawter
  • Editorial oversight for GEDSH and Barsoum English text entry, and proofreading by Christopher Johnson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English text entry and proofreading by the Syriac Research Group, University of Alabama
  • Entries adapted from the work of Jean Maurice Fiey
  • Entries adapted from the work of Ugo Zanetti
  • Entries adapted from the work of Claude Detienne

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