Paul of Edessa

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St. Paul of Edessa, more commonly known as Mor Boulos of Edessa, was a metropolitan of the Syriac Orthodox Church in its upper Mesopotamian heartlands in what today is southeastern Turkey during the 6th and 7th centuries.

Life

St. Paul was a renowned scholar and translator with an extensive knowledge of Greek and Syriac literature. He was consecrated Metropolitan of Edessa in 594 or 595 to succeed Metropolitan Mor Sergius and served his diocese until the Persian invasion of the Jazirah and greater Syria, at which time he was forced to resettle on the island of Cyprus (in 609). During his years on Cyprus the Saint translated many hymns composed by St. Severus of Antioch and other fathers of the Syriac Orthodox Church from Greek into Syriac. Three years before his death in 619, St. Paul left Cyprus with Patriarch Athanasius I to visit Egypt.

Commemoration

St. Paul of Edessa is commemorated by the Syriac Orthodox Church on 23 August.

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