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The West-Syrian Recension

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This chapter presents an account of Rabban Sergius, who is called (in the Saracen language Baḥīrā, while the Syrians call him 'the Hater of the Cross'), the monk who stayed at Mount Sinai, and how he taught Muḥammad. After he was persecuted by the bishops and priests on account of these words, Rabban Baḥīrā left and went to the desert of Yathrib, to the Ishmaelites. He stayed with them in peace and quiet, and he enjoyed affection and intimacy with them. In sum, the coming of the Son of God is full of terror and swift, so that it removes and drives away all visible things from their foundations; and the earth will be overturned upon its inhabitants.

Keywords: Ishmaelites; Sergius Baḥīrā; West-Syrian Recension



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