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Grigor Magistros

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Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni, Grigor Magistros Pahlavuni Date of Birth: Approximately 990 Place of Birth: Bĵni, valley of the Hrazdan river, province of Nig, region of Ayrarat, Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia Date of Death: 1058/1059 Place of Death: Tarōn Biography Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni was born c. 990 on the family estate of Bĵni near Ani, the capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom, and died in Tarōn, west of Lake Van, c. 1058. He was an erudite layman and is primarily known for his unique corpus of 88 letters, which follow pattern…

 Aŕ Ibrahim amirayin vasn hawatoc‘ Grigoroy ordoy Vasakay asac‘eal , Patasxani Ibrahimi amirayi, zor xndreac‘ mi vasn imastasirut‘ean ew mi vasn hawatoy

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Letters to Amir Ibrahim Grigor Magistros Date: Unknown; possibly 1045 Original Language: Armenian Description Among Grigor’s correspondence are two letters (ed. Kostaneanc‘, nos 70 and 71) in answer to queries by an otherwise unknown Amir Ibrahim, who is Armenian on his mother’s side, and born of a Muslim father. In the first letter, Grigor answers Ibrahim’s questions on Christianity, and in the second he expounds on philosophy. Letter 70 is excessively long according to the rules of rhetoric, but necessarily so, Grigor explains. He mentions the common ancestry…

 Aŕ Manuč‘ē, Hazartołean

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Author(s): van Lint, Theo Maarten
Magnalia DeiThe mighty acts of God, 'To Manuche' Grigor Magistros Date: 1045 Original Language: Armenian Description Magnalia Dei (also known as Aŕ Manuč‘ē, though this has now been proven to be erroneous, and as Hazartołean), occupies between slightly fewer than 20 and just over 40 folios in the manuscripts listed by Terian. Its authenticity has never been doubted. Conceived to demonstrate that the Bible is as inspired a work as the Qurʾan, if not more so, the Magnalia Dei functioned as an apology for the Christian faith, and as an instrument to prevent Armenian Christia…