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Āmīd In The Seventh-Century Syriac Life Of Theodūṭē

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Theodūṭē died in the province of Dārā in 698, leaving his disciple Joseph, a monk of the monastery of Zūqnīn on the Tigris, north of Āmīd, in charge of the monastery which he had founded above the village of Qelleth. Theodūṭē healed people with headaches in his lifetime, according to the memoir dictated by his disciple soon after his death. This discussion centres on a chapter from this source, which shows that the people of Claudia, a region on the west bank of the Tigris north of Samosata, had little if any direct contact with their Arab rulers. The chapter then discusses Theodūṭē’s time in Āmīd. It also discusses the fact that Joseph says nothing about the Chalcedonians of Theodūṭē’s diocese of Āmīd, whereas he says quite a bit about Theodūṭē’s encounter with the Chalcedonians of Ūrhōy, even though that encounter was a brief one.

Keywords: Āmīd; Arab rulers; Chalcedonians of Ūrhōy; Claudia; memoir; Syrian Orthodox; Theodūṭē



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