Julian Saba, “Father of the Monks” of Syria

TitleJulian Saba, “Father of the Monks” of Syria
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsGriffith, S
JournalJournal of Early Christian Studies

Julian Saba (d. 367) is the earliest person in the Syriac-speaking community whose name we know, who dedicated himself to the eremitical life. His story has been preserved for us in Theodoret's History of the Monks of Syria, in a collection of Syriac poems attributed to Ephraem (306-373), and in a Syriac memra attributed to Jacob of Serug (ca. 450-ca. 520). Based on these sources, the present article gives an account of Julian's fame in Syria, and explores the significance of his accomplishments for the history of monasticism in the Syriac-speaking regions of the Early Christian world.

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