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Between Christology and Kalām? The Life and Letters of George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes


A translator of Aristotle and friend of Jacob of Edessa and Athanasios of Balad, George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. AD 724) was an important figure in the history of the life and thought of the Syrian Orthodox Church. This article offers a study of the first three of George’s eleven extant letters and relates them to the larger Christian and Islamic context of his day. It will be of interest to students of Greek patristics, Syriac Christianity, and early Islamic history.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-040-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 128
Publication Date: Feb 25,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 51
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-040-2
$41.00
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A translator of Aristotle and friend of Jacob of Edessa and Athanasios of Balad, George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. AD 724) was an important figure in the history of the life and thought of the Syrian Orthodox Church. As Bishop over bilingual Christian Arab tribes in the Umayyad period, George is also significant for understanding the intellectual spectrum of the late seventh and early eighth century Near East. George has, however, received comparatively little scholarly attention. This article attempts to help to rectify this deficiency by offering a study of the first three of George’s eleven extant letters and relating them to the larger Christian and Islamic context of his day. It will be of interest to students of Greek patristics, Syriac Christianity, and early Islamic history.

A translator of Aristotle and friend of Jacob of Edessa and Athanasios of Balad, George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. AD 724) was an important figure in the history of the life and thought of the Syrian Orthodox Church. As Bishop over bilingual Christian Arab tribes in the Umayyad period, George is also significant for understanding the intellectual spectrum of the late seventh and early eighth century Near East. George has, however, received comparatively little scholarly attention. This article attempts to help to rectify this deficiency by offering a study of the first three of George’s eleven extant letters and relating them to the larger Christian and Islamic context of his day. It will be of interest to students of Greek patristics, Syriac Christianity, and early Islamic history.

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Jack Tannous

Originally from Houston, Texas, Jack Tannous is currently working on a PhD in the History Department at Princeton University.

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