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Uncertain; Yūḥannā (John) ?
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John the Writer

Date of Birth: c. 820

Place of Birth: Egypt

Date of Death: After 866

Place of Death: Egypt


The author of the principal source for Lives 47-55 of The History of the patriarchs of Alexandria (covering the years 767-880) was a Coptic Orthodox monk and a former disciple of the hermit Amūna, who around the year 840 had taught him to write and prophesied that he would be the author of the next section of The History of the patriarchs (Evett…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “Uncertain; Yūḥannā (John) ?”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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