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


The author of a commentary on the Psalms and other works. Possibly a disciple of Ishoʿ bar Nun.


  • ܕܢܚܐ2
  • Denha
  • Denḥa1
  • ܕܸܢܚܵܐ2
  • Denḥā5
  • Denha6
  • Denḥā3

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  • Floruit: 9th cent.?1


Assemani puts this Denha in the 8th century, but he must have rather been active in the 9th century if he is the person meant by John bar Zoʿbi, who (in a British Library manuscript catalogued by Wright) identified the Denha who authored a commentary on Aristotle's Analytics as a disciple of the Church of the East catholicos Ishoʿ bar Nun. Barsoum's identification of this Denha with an apparently West Syriac Denha who wrote a certain treatise against heretics is to be questioned. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Works Cited

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  • 1 S. D. Ryan, "Denḥa." in Sebastian P. Brock et al. (eds.), The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011), entry: 161, pp: 118.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to e-GEDSH entry
  • 2 ʿAbdishoʿ bar Brikha, Ktābā d-metqre margānitā d-ʿal šrārā da-kresṭyānutā, 2nd ed. (Mosul: Mṭabbaʿtā ātoraytā d-ʿēdtā ʿattiqtā d-madnḥā, 1924), pp: 76.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 3 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: 220.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic record
  • 4 J.S. Assemani, De scriptoribus Syris Nestorianis, Bibliotheca orientalis Clementino-Vaticana vol. 3 (Rome, 1725), pp: 175.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 5 William Wright, A Short History of Syriac Literature (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1894), pp: 218-219.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic record
  • 6 Rubens Duval, La littérature syriaque, Troisième Edition , Anciennes littératures chrétiennes, vol. 2; Bibliothèque de l'enseignement de l'histoire ecclésiastique (Paris: Librairie Victor Lecoffre, 1907), pp: 387-388.Link to Bibliographic recordLink to Bibliographic Record.
  • 7 William Wright, Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Museum acquired since the year 1838 (London: Gilbert and Rivington, 1870-1872), vol: 3, pp: 1176.Link to Bibliographic Record.
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Denha  Possibly identical (1) records.
Denha - ܕܢܚܐ (A Guide to Syriac Authorsauthor, 9th century? ) Names: DenḥaDenḥa The Priest-Philosopher"Priest and monk in the Monastery of St George and the author of a lengthy treatise in the heptasyllable meter against the heretics..."URI:
Denha  Different from (1) records.
Denha the Philosopher - ܕܢܚܐ ܦܝܠܣܘܦܐ (A Guide to Syriac Authorsauthor, 925 ) Names: Denḥa the PhilosopherDenḥa the philosopherDenha the LogicianURI:

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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

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, 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, Syriac 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

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