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Ishoyahb III

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Ishoʿyahb III of Adiabene was Patriarch of the Church of the East from 649 to 659


  • 1 Sources
  • 2 Early career
  • 3 Ishoyahb's patriarchate
  • 4 Works
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Brief accounts of Ishoʿyahb's patriarchate are given in the Ecclesiastical Chronicle of the Jacobite writer Bar Hebraeus thirteenth-century, and the ecclesiastical histories of the Church of the East writers Mari twelfth-century, ʿAmr fourteenth-century and Sliba fourteenth-century There are also the works he penned himself

Early careeredit

Ishoʿyahb was the son of a wealthy Persian Christian named Bastomagh, of Kuphlana in Adiabene, who was a frequent visitor to the monastery of Beth ʿAbe1 He was educated at the School of Nisibis, became bishop of Nineveh, and was afterwards appointed metropolitan of Adiabene As metropolitan of Adiabene he hindered the Jacobites from building a church in Mosul, despite the fact that they were supported by all the weight and influence of the Tagritians from Tikrit Bar Hebraeus declares that he bribed right and left to effect this He was one of the members of the delegation of the Church of the East which met the Roman emperor Heraclius in Aleppo in 630, and took away a very costly and beautiful casket, containing relics of the apostles, from a church at Antioch Many argue the casket was stolen similar to how relics were often stolen during the Crusades He donated the casket to the monastery of Beth ʿAbe1

Ishoyahb's patriarchateedit

On Maremmeh's death in 647, the Church of the East in what is now Iraq elevated Ishoʿyahb to the Catholicate However Metropolitan Shemʿon of Rev Ardashir did not recognise this

Ishoʿyahb maintained good relations with the Arabs - whom he called variously Tayy, Muhajirs, and Hanifs - but never did heal the schism in his own Church

Ishoʿyahb died in 659


Ishoʿyahb wrote a Refutation Of Opinions on behalf of John, Metropolitan of Beth Lapat, several other tracts and sermons, some hymns, a vita of the martyr Isho-sabhran, and an exhortation to novices He is also known for making substantial improvements to the liturgy of the Church for the daily office and for various sacraments1 The Chronicle of Seert, Pt11, pg85 295, also credits him with choosing the three eucharistic anaphoras that are currently in use in the Assyrian Church of the East

Ishoʿyahb is chiefly studied today for his letters during his catholicate; because these open a glimpse into a critical time in history of the Church of the East, and also witness to their relations with the Arabs under the caliphates of ʿUthman and ʿAli although the Arab leaders are not named

  • The heretics are deceiving you when they say there happens what happens by order of the Arabs, which is certainly not the case For the tayyaye mhaggre Muhajir Arabs do not aid those who say that God, Lord of all, suffered and died And if by chance they do help them for whatever reason, you can inform the mhaggre Mujahirs and persuade them of this matter as it should be, if you care about it at all So perform all things wisely, my brothers; give unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's2

In a letter addressed to the schismatic Shemʿon:

  • You alone of all the peoples of the earth have become estranged from every one of them And because of this estrangement from all these, the influence of the present error came to prevail with ease among you For the one who has seduced you and uprooted your churches was first seen among us in the region of Radhan, where the pagans are more numerous than the Christians Yet, due to the praiseworthy conduct of the Christians, the pagans were not led astray by him Rather he was driven out from there in disgrace; not only did he not uproot the churches, but he himself was extirpated However, your region of Fars received him, pagans and Christians, and he did with them as he willed, the pagans consenting and obedient, the Christians inactive and silent As for the Arabs, to whom God has at this time given rule shultana over the world, you know well how they act towards us Not only do they not oppose Christianity, but they praise our faith, honour the priests and saints of our Lord, and give aid to the churches and monasteries Why then do your Mazonaye Omanis reject their faith on a pretext of theirs And this when the Mazonaye themselves admit that the Arabs have not compelled them to abandon their faith, but only asked them to give up half of their possessions in order to keep their faith Yet they forsook their faith, which is forever, and retained the half of their wealth, which is for a short time3


  1. ^ a b c William Wright 1894 A short history of Syriac literature London: Adam and Charles Black pp 171–174  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "shorthistory1894" defined multiple times with different content see the help page
  2. ^ Robert G Hoyland 1998 Seeing Islam as Others Saw It Darwin Press pp 174–82 , 179 Quoting Ep 48B, 97
  3. ^ Hoyland, 181-2 quoting Ep 14C, 51

See alsoedit

  • Adiabene East Syrian Ecclesiastical Province
  • East Syrian Rite
  • List of Patriarchs of the Church of the East


  • Abbeloos, J B, and Lamy, T J, Bar Hebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum 3 vols, Paris, 1877
  • Assemani, J A, De Catholicis seu Patriarchis Chaldaeorum et Nestorianorum Rome, 1775
  • Brooks, E W, Eliae Metropolitae Nisibeni Opus Chronologicum Rome, 1910
  • Gismondi, H, Maris, Amri, et Salibae: De Patriarchis Nestorianorum Commentaria I: Amri et Salibae Textus Rome, 1896
  • Gismondi, H, Maris, Amri, et Salibae: De Patriarchis Nestorianorum Commentaria II: Maris textus arabicus et versio Latina Rome, 1899
  • Wigram, W A 2004 An introduction to the history of the Assyrian Church, or, The Church of the Sassanid Persian Empire, 100–640 AD Gorgias Press ISBN 1-59333-103-7 

External linksedit

Preceded by
Catholicus-Patriarch of the East
Succeeded by
Giwargis I

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