Ignatius John XIII

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Ignatius John XIII bar Shay Allah
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 1483
Term ended 1493
Predecessor Ignatius Khalaf of Maʿdan
Successor Ignatius Nuh of Lebanon
Personal details
Born 1442
Mardin, Aq Qoyunlu

Ignatius John XIII bar Shay Allah was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 1483 until his death in 1493.


John was born in 1442 in the city of Mardin, where he would go on to study Syriac literature under Simon of Amid and John of Mardin. John also studied astronomy, dialectics, philosophy and theology in Mamluk Syria and Egypt. In 1471, John was ordained bishop of Sawro, near Mardin and was later consecrated patriarch in 1483.

In 1489, John ordained his successor, Noah of Lebanon, as Maphrian of the East. John was patriarch for ten years, during which he ordained fourteen metropolitans and bishops before his death in 1493.


Preceded by
Ignatius Khalaf
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Ignatius Nuh of Lebanon