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Yuḥannis, Yuʾannis, Yūḥannā ‘John the Deacon’ is a convenient appellation
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John the Deacon

Date of Birth: Early 8th c.

Place of Birth: Egypt, perhaps in Giza

Date of Death: Late 8th c. (after 767)

Place of Death: Egypt, precise location unknown


The author of the principal source for Lives 43-46 of The History of the patriarchs of Alexandria (covering the years 704-67) was a certain Yuḥannis (= John, in the Arabic text also written Yuʾannis or Yūḥannā), a Coptic Orthodox monk and deacon. He…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “Yuḥannis, Yuʾannis, Yūḥannā ‘John the Deacon’ is a convenient appellation”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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