Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Moses bar Kephā
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Moses bar Kephā was baptized Moses after his learned uncle, who was a teacher of the reformer of Syriac church music, David bar Paulus d-Bēt Rabban, which points to the intellectual milieu in which bar Kephā grew up. The sources for his life are two Vitas, of which Vita A is extant in a shorter (10th-century) and a longer  (12th-century) recension, and some notes in later chronicles. Vita B is based on the longer recension of Vita A. Moses’ nam…

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G.B. Teule, Herman, “Moses bar Kephā”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 02 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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