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Yovhannēs Erznkacʿi Bluz
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Yovhannēs Erznkacʿi was born around 1230 in Erznka (Erzinjān, Erez, Eriza, Erizawan, Arznka), the capital of the province of Ekełeacʿ, on the upper reaches of the western Euphrates. He was nicknamed Bluz (or Čluz in the dialect of Erznka) because of his small stature. He claimed to be related to the nobility of the province. In his late twenties and despite his father’s objections, he entered the great Monastery of St Minas on Sepuh Leṙ (Sepu…

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Dadoyan, Seta B., “Yovhannēs Erznkacʿi Bluz”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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