Barsauma - ܒܪܨܘܡܐ (d. 458 or ca. 458) This page is an entry in Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints and A Guide to Syriac Authors


Monk and abbot. Barṣawmo was a supporter of Dioscorus of Alexandria.1


  • ܒܪܨܘܡܐ4, 6
  • Barsauma
  • ܒܰܪܨܰܘܡܳܐ4
  • برصوم3
  • Barsauma5
  • Barsauma le Syrien6
  • Barsauma the Syrian
  • Barṣawmā
  • Barsawmā6
  • Barṣawmo1
  • Barṣoum2

Sex: male7


  • Syr. Orth. 1


In early sources, Barsauma was known for his ardent support for Dioscorus of Alexandria at the Second Council of Ephesus and his support for Eutyches at the Council of Chalcedon. In later hagiography, Barsauma was widely commemorated in the miaphysite churches as a monastic and missionary leader who was the head of mourners at a monastery near Melitene. A later influential Syrian orthodox monastery in the same region,Dayro d-Mor Barṣawmo, was named after him. He was a disciple of Abraham of the high mountain.

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  • Death: 4587 or ca. 4581

Works Cited

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  • 1 L. Van Rompay, "Barṣawmo." in Sebastian P. Brock et al. (eds.), The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011), pp: 59.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to 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), pp: 170.Link to 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: 148.Link to 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: 169.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 5 Sergey Minov (ed.), A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity (The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013), entry: Barsauma.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 6 Ugo Zanetti and Claude Detienne, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca, entry: 899.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 7 Jean Maurice Fiey, Saints Syriaques (Princeton, N.J.: The Darwin Press, Inc., 2004), entry: 79.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 8 François Nau, "Résumé de monographies syriaques." Revue de l'Orient chrétien vol. 18, 270-76, 379-89; 19, 113-134, 278-89, 414-440; 20, 3-32. (1913). Note: See the Life of Barsaum, with his 99 or 100 miracles, written in about 550-61. Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 10 Alfred Baudrillart et al., Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1912)., : s.v. Barsauma 1, VI, col. 946-47.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 11 Pontificia Università lateranense and Istituto Giovanni XXIII, Bibliotheca sanctorum (Roma: Istituto Giovanni XXIII nella Pontificia Università lateranense, 1961-1970)., : II, 842.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Worldcat Bibliographic record
  • 12 Ernst Honigmann, Le couvent de Barṣaumā et le Patriarcat jacobite d'Antioche et de Syrie, Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, vol. 146 Subsidia 7 (Louvain: L. Durbecq, 1954), : 6-23.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Worldcat Bibliographic record
  • 13 Hubert Kaufhold, "Notizen zur späten Geschichte des Barsaumô-Klosters." Hugoye vol. 3 (2000)., : 223–246.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 14 Reuven Kipperwasser and Serge Ruzer, "The Holy Land and Its Inhabitants in the Pilgrimage Narrative of the Persian Monk Bar Sauma." Cathedra vol. 148 (2013).Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 15 Andrew Palmer, "A Tale of Two Synods: The Archimandrite Barsumas at Ephesus in 449 and at Chalcedon in 451." Journal of Eastern Christian Studies vol. 66 (2013).Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 16 Silvia Acerbi, "Il potere dei monaci nei concili orientali del V secolo: il constatinopolitano eutiche e il siro bau sauma." Studia historica / Historia antigua vol. 24 (2006).Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Worldcat Bibliographic record
  • 17 Andrew Palmer, "The History of the Syrian Orthodox in Jerusalem'." Oriens Christianus vol. 75 (1991).Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 18 Andrew Palmer, "The West-Syrian Monastic Founder Barṣawmo: A Historical Review of the Scholarly Literature." in Peter Bruns and Heize Luthe (eds.), Orientalia Christiana: Festschrift für Hubert Kaufhold zum 70. Geburtstag (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013).Link to Bibliographic Record.
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Barsauma  Different from (2) records.
Barsauma of Nisibis - ܒܪ ܨܘܡܐ (A Guide to Syriac Authorsauthor, d. ca. 491-96) Names: Barṣawma of NisibisBarsauma of NisibisBarṣawma of NisibisBar Sauma Nisibenus"Controversial E.-Syr. Bp. of Nisibis."URI:
Barsauma of Hashrai - [Syriac Not Available](Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saintssaint) Names: BARṢAUMAIn hagiography: Barṣawmā was a bishop and martyr of the monastery of Hashrai, presumably in Ṭur ʿAbdin .URI:

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Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Barsauma — ܒܪܨܘܡܐ .” 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., 2016-. Entry published August 17, 2016.

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Entry Title: Barsauma — ܒܪܨܘܡܐ

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  • 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 records, data entry, data transformation, data merging, conversion to XML by Nathan P. Gibson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English name entry, matching with 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
  • Editing, Syriac name entry, Arabic name entry, disambiguation research, conversion to XML by Thomas A. Carlson
  • 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
  • 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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