Denha - ܕܢܚܐ (sometime between 750 - 950) This page is an entry in A Guide to Syriac Authors


Priest and monk in the Monastery of St. George, and the author of a lengthy treatise in the heptasyllable meter against the heretics, which Barsoum cited from the Didascalia in Midyat. 1


  • ܕܢܚܐ
  • Denha
  • ܩܫܝܫܐ ܕܢܚܐ ܦܝܠܣܘܦܐ3
  • ܩܰܫܝܫܳܐ ܕܰܢܚܳܐ ܦܺܝܠܳܣܘܦܐ3
  • القس دنحا الفيلسوف2
  • Denḥa
  • The Priest-Philosopher Denḥa2


  • the Priest-Philosopher 1

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  • Floruit: 9th century?1


Barsoum's assertion that this apparently West Syrian Denha is the same as the East Syrian Denha who wrote a commentary on the Psalms and several other works should be questioned. His placement of this Denha in the 9th century does not have any apparent basis besides this identification, and should also be held loosely.

Works Cited

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  • 1 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: 159, pp: 390.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 2 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, al-Luʼluʼ al-manthūr fī tārīkh al-ʻulūm wa-al-ādāb al-Suryāniyyah, 4th ed. (Holland: Bar Hebraeus Verlag, 1987), pp: 342.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 3 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, Berule bdire d-ʿal yulpone suryoye hdire, trans. Philoxenos Yuḥanon Dolabani, 2nd ed. (Holland: Bar Hebraeus Verlag, 1991), pp: 371.Link to Bibliographic Record.
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Denha  Has literary connection to place (2) records.
Shīḥā (settlement) - ܫܝܚܐ Names: ShiḥaA village near Cyrrhus .URI:
Denha  Possibly identical (1) records.
Denha - ܕܢܚܐ (A Guide to Syriac Authorsauthor, 9th cent.? ) Names: DenḥāDenhaDenḥā The author of a commentary on the Psalms and other works. Possibly a disciple of Ishoʿ bar Nun . URI:
Denha  Has relation to place (2) records.

How to Cite This Entry

James E. Walters et al., “Denha — ܕܢܚܐ ” in A Guide to Syriac Authors last modified August 17, 2016,


James E. Walters et al., “Denha — ܕܢܚܐ .” In A Guide to Syriac Authors, edited by David A. Michelson and Nathan P. Gibson. Vol. 2 of The Syriac Biographical Dictionary, edited by David A. Michelson., 2016-. Entry published August 17, 2016.

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Entry Title: Denha — ܕܢܚܐ

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  • Editing, document design, proofreading, data entry by David A. Michelson
  • Matching with records, data entry, data transformation, conversion to XML by Nathan P. Gibson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English name entry, matching with records by James E. Walters
  • Editing, disambiguation research, conversion to XML by Thomas A. Carlson
  • Syriac name entry by Robert Aydin
  • Arabic name entry by Jad Kaado
  • Normalization of GEDSH dates and entry matching with 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

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