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Jacob of Nisibis

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He was honourably interred within the city, in pursuance, it is said, of an express charge of [[Constantine the Great]] to his son Constantius, indicative of the reverance he held for him, that after death his [[Relics|hallowed remains]] might continue to defend Nisibis against its enemies.
In 361 [[Julian the Apostate]] commanded that these sacred remains to be removed without the city. Soon after Julian's death, in order to obtain peace, Emperor Jovian was obliged to yield up Nisibis to the Persians in 363, along with the five Roman provinces situated on the Tigris, and a great part of Mesopotamia. <ref group="note">At the time of its cession to the Persians, [[w:Nusaybin|Nisibis]] was a Christian center important enough to become the ecclesiastical metropolis of the Province of Beit-Arbayé (''Arbayé; Turkish: Alayurt; the area around Nisibis; in today's Turkish province of [[w:Mardin Province|Mardin]]''). In 410 it had six suffragan sees and as early as the middle of the fifth century was the most important episcopal see of the Persian Church after [[w:Al-Mada'in|Seleucia-Ctesiphon]]. (S. VAILHE. ''[http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=Nisibis Nisibis: Titular Archdiocese of Mesopotamia].'' The Original Catholic Encyclopedia. 1913.)</ref>
When Nisibis was yielded to the Persian monarch in 363, the Christian inhabitants carried the [[Relics|sacred relics]] with them, <ref>Theod. ''u. s.'' p.1119; Soz. ''H. E.'' v.3; Gennad. ''u. s.'' c.1.</ref> which, according to the Menologion of the [[w:Mechitarists|Armenians at Venice]], were brought to Constantinople about the year 970.
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title=Bishop of Nisibis|
years=309 - 338/350|
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* [http://www.aol.bartleby.com/210/7/111.html St. James, Bishop of Nisibis, Confessor] at Bartleby.com.
* [[w:Jacob of Nisibis|Jacob of Nisibis]] at Wikipedia.
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=100169 St James the Bishop of Nisibis] at OCA: Feasts and Saints.
* Sir William Smith. ''"[http://books.google.ca/books?id=7eItAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false JACOBUS (4) or JAMES bishop of Nisibis in Mesopotamia]".'' In: '''Volume 3 of A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines: Being a Continuation of 'The Dictionary of the Bible'.''' J. Murray, 1882.
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