Yoḥannan of Dailam (d. 738) [Ch. of E.]
Monk and missionary. He was a monk of the Monastery of Beth ʿAbe, but was taken prisoner to Dailam; there, once he had been freed, he converted many pagans. Travelling to Damascus, he is said to have healed a child of ʿAbd al-Malik. He finally settled in Fars, near Arragan, founding a bilingual monastery, with Syriac- and Persian-speaking monks. A fragment of the earliest form of his Life is known in Sogdian translation. Later developments are to be found in an E.-Syr. verse narrative and a W.-Syr. prose Life. There are also short notices in Toma of Marga (‘Book of [monastic] Superiors’, II.22–5) and Ishoʿdnaḥ (‘Book of Chastity’, 104, 116). A few short liturgical texts are attributed to him.
- S. P. Brock, ‘A Syriac Life of John of Dailam’, ParOr 10 (1981/2), 123–89.
- J.-M. Fiey, ‘Jean de Daylam et l’imbroglio de ses fondations’, POC 10 (1960), 195–211.
- W. Sundermann, ‘Ein Bruchstück einer soghdischen Kirchengeschichte aus Zentralasien?’ Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 24 (1976), 95–101.
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Sebastian P. Brock, “Yoḥannan of Dailam,” 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/Yohannan-of-Dailam.
Bibliography Entry Citation:
Brock, Sebastian P. “Yoḥannan of Dailam.” 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/Yohannan-of-Dailam.
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