Qiyore of Edessa Cyrus of Edessa (6th cent.) [Ch. of E.]
Syriac author. Since he is called ‘Qiyore of Edessa’ in the mss. of his works, he was probably born in Edessa. At the School of Nisibis (ca. 533–8) he was a disciple of Mar Aba; he subsequently taught at the School of Seleucia-Ctesiphon, and became its Director. After Mar Aba’s death (552) he founded a monastery at Ḥirta. He is the author of six ‘Causes’, or Explanations, of important seasons in the liturgical year: the Great Fast, Pascha (Holy Thursday), the Passion, Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost. He is among the earliest Syriac authors to employ this genre of liturgical commentary.
- P. Bruns, ‘Aspekte der Eucharistielehre in den liturgischen Traktaten des Cyrus von Edessa’, in Zu Geschichte, Theologie, Liturgie und Gegenwartslage der syrischen Kirchen, ed. M. Tamcke and A. Heinz (SOK 9; 2000), 33–54.
- W. F. Macomber, Six explanations of the liturgical feasts by Cyrus of Edessa (CSCO 355–6; 1974). (Syr. with ET)
- W. F. Macomber, ‘The theological synthesis of Cyrus of Edessa’, OCP 30 (1964), 5–38, 363–84.
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Sebastian P. Brock, “Qiyore of Edessa,” 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/Qiyore-of-Edessa.
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Brock, Sebastian P. “Qiyore of Edessa.” 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/Qiyore-of-Edessa.
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