Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Jacob of Edessa
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Jacob of Edessa was a Syrian-Orthodox monk and bishop of Edessa. He studied ecclesiastical sciences (Bible, Fathers of the Church) in his native region and became a monk in the monastery of Qenneshrin, a centre of learning on the west bank of the Euphrates, where he studied Greek. He perfected his knowledge of Greek in Alexandria, where he stayed for some time before se…

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “Jacob of Edessa”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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