Aitalaha (first half of 4th cent.)

Bp. of Edessa (324/5–345/6). A short work in Armenian is transmitted under his name and the editor described it as being addressed ‘to the Christians in the region of Persia, on Faith’. Although it has been claimed (by de Durand) that the original was Greek (and the work is listed in CPG 3340), it is almost certainly a translation from Syriac. The theological phraseology makes it very unlikely that the work really belongs to the first half of the 4th cent. (thus Bruns), and it would best fit sometime between 410 and 428 (thus Bundy).

    Primary Sources

    • P. Bruns, in OC 77 (1993), 120–36. (GT)
    • J. Thorossian (Tʿorosean), Aithallae Episcopi Edesseni Epistula ad Christianos in Persarum regione de Fide (1942). (Armenian with LT)

    Secondary Sources

    • P. Bruns, ‘Aitallahas Brief über den Glauben. Ein bedeutendes Dokument frühsyrischer Theologie’, OC 76 (1992), 46–73.
    • D. Bundy, ‘The Letter of Aithallah (CPG 3340): theology, purpose and date’, in SymSyr III, 135–42.
    • D. Bundy, ‘The Creed of Aithallah’, ETL 63 (1987), 157–63.
    • M. G.  de Durand, ‘Un document sur le Concile de Nicée?’ RSPR 50 (1966), 615–27.
    • G. Winkler, ‘Über die Entwicklungsgeschichte des armenischen Symbolums’ (OCA 262; 2000), 140–8.


How to Cite This Entry

Sebastian P. Brock, “Aitalaha,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay, https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Aitalaha.

Footnote Style Citation with Date:

Sebastian P. Brock, “Aitalaha,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay (Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018), https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Aitalaha.

Bibliography Entry Citation:

Brock, Sebastian P. “Aitalaha.” In Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition. Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay. Digital edition prepared by David Michelson, Ute Possekel, and Daniel L. Schwartz. Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018. https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Aitalaha.

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