John of Ephesus - ܝܘܚܢܢ ܕܐܦܣܘܣ (ca. 507 - 589) This page is an entry in A Guide to Syriac Authors


Monk, missionary, church leader, (titular) Bp. of Ephesus, hagiographer, and historian.1


  • ܝܘܚܢܢ ܕܐܦܣܘܣ4
  • John of Ephesus
  • ܝܘܚܰܢܢ ܕܶܐܦܣܘܣ4
  • يوحنا الافسسي3
  • Ioannes Ephesi (aut Asiae)8
  • John of Asia1
  • John of Ephesus
  • Jean d’Éphèse6
  • John of Ephesus2, 10
  • Yuḥanon of Ephesus1


  • Syr. Orth. 1

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  • Birth: ca. 5071
  • Death: 5891

Works Cited

Any information without attribution has been created following the editorial guidelines.

  • 1 S. A. Harvey, "Yuḥanon of Ephesus." in Sebastian P. Brock et al. (eds.), The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011), pp: 445.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), entry: 69, pp: 304.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: 264.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: 291.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: John of Ephesus.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 6 Ugo Zanetti and Claude Detienne, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca, entry: 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 599, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 628, 629, 630, 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641, 793, 1925.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 7 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: 181-182.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic record
  • 8 Ignatius Ortiz de Urbina, Patrologia Syriaca, Altera editio emendata et aucta (Romae: Pont. Institutum Orientalium Studiorum, 1965), section: 115.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 9 J.S. Assemani, De Scriptoribus Syris Monophysitis, Bibliotheca orientalis Clementino-Vaticana vol. 2 (Rome: Typis Sacræ Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1719), pp: 83-90.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 10 J.-B. Chabot, Littérature syriaque, Bibliothèque catholique des sciences religieuses; Littératures chrétiennes de l'Orient (: Librairie Bloud & Gay, 1934), pp: 74-76.Link to Bibliographic Record.
  • 11 William Wright, A Short History of Syriac Literature (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1894), pp: 102-7.Link to Bibliographic Record.Link to Bibliographic record
  • 12 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: 37.Link to Bibliographic Record.
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John of Ephesus  Has literary connection to place (13) records.
Nubia (region) - ܢܘܒܗ Names: NubaA region of northeastern Africa, south of Egypt .URI:
Hanzīṭ (settlement) - ܗܢܙܝܛ Names: AnazeteA town about which Ephrem composed memre.URI:
Amida (settlement) - ܐܡܝܕ Names: AmidDiyarbakırOmidDiyarbakirĀmidDiyārbakr"City in upper Mesopotamia."URI:
Dayro da-Zkaryo (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܙܟܪܝܐ Names: Monastery of ZachariahA monastery mentioned by Yuḥanon of Ephesus .URI:
Tella (settlement) - ܬܠܐ Names: ConstantinaTell MawzaltMawzanWayran ShahrViransehirA town east of Edessa and west of Mardin .URI:
Damascus (settlement) - ܕܪܡܣܘܩ"Syriac Darmsuq and Arabic Dimashq. City in Syria and the seat at present of the Syr. Orth. Patriarchate."URI:
Dara (settlement) - ܕܪܐA Roman city between Mardin and Nisibis.URI:
Dayro d-Urhoye (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܐܘܪ̈ܗܝܐ Names: Monastery of the EdessenesA monastery in Amid .URI:
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:
Antioch (settlement) - ܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ Names: Antakya"City in the historical region of Syria (today in Turkey)."URI:
Chios (island) - ܟܝܘAn island off the western coast of Asia Minor .URI:
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John of Ephesus  Born at (1) records.
Ingila (settlement) - ܐܓܠ Names: AgelA town on the Tigris northwest of Amida .URI:
John of Ephesus  Has relation to place (13) records.
Dayro d-Arʿo Rabto (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܐܪܥܐ ܪܒܬܐ Names: Monastery of Arʿa RabthaDayro d-Aro RabtoDayro d-Ar‘o RabtoMonastery of Ara RabthaMonastery of Ar‘a RabthaA monastery at Ingila .URI:
Yoḥannan Urṭaya (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܝܘܚܢܢ ܕܐܘܪ̈ܛܝܐ Names: John Orti MonasteryMonastery of John the IberianA monastery north of Amid .URI:
Antioch (settlement) - ܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ Names: Antakya"City in the historical region of Syria (today in Turkey)."URI:
Aegyptus (province) - ܡܨܪܝܢ Names: EgyptThe Roman province of EgyptURI:
Mesopotamia (province) - [Syriac Not Available]A province of the Roman Empire centered around Amida .URI:
Mesopotamia (region) - ܒܝܬ ܢܗܪ̈ܝܢThe watershed of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, including southeastern Turkey, northeastern Syria, all of Iraq, and western Iran.URI:
Anatolia (region) - ܐܢܐܛܘܠ Names: Asia MinorThe peninsula constituting the westernmost portion of Asia.URI:
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How to Cite This Entry

James E. Walters et al., “John of Ephesus — ܝܘܚܢܢ ܕܐܦܣܘܣ ” in A Guide to Syriac Authors last modified August 17, 2016,


James E. Walters et al., “John of Ephesus — ܝܘܚܢܢ ܕܐܦܣܘܣ .” 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: John of Ephesus — ܝܘܚܢܢ ܕܐܦܣܘܣ

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, 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
  • Proofreading of GEDSH abstracts and addition of confessions and alternate names from GEDSH by Nathan P. Gibson

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