Ignatius III David

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Ignatius III David
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 1222
Term ended 1252
Predecessor John XI Yeshu
Successor John XII bar Maʿdani

Ignatius III David was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 1222 until 1252.


In 1215, David was ordained maphrian by John XI Yeshu upon which he took the name Ignatius and was maphrian for seven years before being consecrated patriarch in 1222, which was also the year he ordained Mor Dionysius Sleeba as maphrian. In 1232, Ignatius ordained the future patriarch John XII bar Maʿdani as maphrian.[1]

Pope Cyril III of Alexandria used the increasing military and political power of Egypt over Jerusalem to appoint a Coptic Orthodox bishop of that church, which until then had been the prerogative of the Patriarch of Antioch. This angered Patriarch Ignatius III David, who retaliated by attempting unsuccessfully to fill the vacancy of Abuna or metropolitan for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. This was a very rare incident between the two churches as in general their relationship is one of the strongest between any two churches.[2]


  1. ^ "Catholicate of the East". 
  2. ^ History of the Coptic Church, Abouna Menassa Elkomos Youhanna 1923
Preceded by
John XI Yeshu
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
John XII bar Maʿdani