Basil of Jerusalem

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Basil of Jerusalem was the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Church of Jerusalemfrom 821 to 842. During his episcopate, Basil actively opposed iconoclasm that was supported by the Eastern Roman emperor Theophilus.

Patr. Basil, who was a disciple of his predecessor Patr. Thomas I Tamriq, was elected Patriarch of Jerusalem in 821. He actively opposed iconoclasm. In 836, he convened a council in Jerusalem that defended the veneration of icons. From the council, Patr. Basil sent this position of the council to emperor Theophilus in a letter carried by Syncellus Michael. Theophilus, who was a confirmed iconoclast, jailed Michael upon his arrival.

In 841, Patr. Basil was able to fend off an attack on Jerusalem by the Arab Tamim Abu-Harb of Yemen and his army of thirty thousand soldiers by buying him off.

Patr. Basil was died the following year, 842, and was succeeded by Sergius I who was made the patriarch by the Arabs.

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Basil of Jerusalem
Preceded by:
Thomas I
Patriarch of Jerusalem
821-842
Succeeded by:
Sergius I
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