Abdisho bar Berika

Bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East

1250   -   1318

language of expression: Syriac
occupation: priest, writer, canon law jurist
position held: metropolitan bishop

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Abdisho bar Berika or Ebedjesu (Classical Syriac: ܥܒܕܝܝܫܘܥ ܕܨܘܒܐ‎) (died 1318), also known as Mar Odisho or St. Odisho in English, was a Syriac writer. He was born in Nusaybin.Abdisho was first bishop of Shiggar (Sinjar) and the province of Bet 'Arbaye (Arbayestan) around 1285 and from before 1291 metropolitan of Nisibis and Armenia. He was the author of the Marganitha (The book of the jewel), one of the most important ecclesiastical texts of the Assyrian Church of the East, a kind of theological encyclopedy. He wrote in Syriac biblical commentaries, polemical treatises against heresy as well as dogmatic and legal writings. He also wrote texts in metrical form including an author catalog, which has for the Syrian literary history an important role.
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