Athanasius IV Salhoyo

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Athanasius IV Salhoyo
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 986
Term ended 1002
Predecessor John VII Sarigta
Successor John VIII bar Abdoun
Personal details
Birth name Lazarus
Died 1002
Monastery of Mar Barsoum
Residence Al-Barid Monastery

Athanasius IV Salhoyo was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 986 until his death in 1002.[1]


Lazarus was born in the tenth century and went on to study and become a monk at the Monastery of Mar Aaron, where he became known for his piety and knowledge. Lazarus was consecrated as patriarch on 21 October 986, upon which he assumed the name Athanasius. Athanasius rebuilt, and subsequently resided at, the Al-Barid Monastery.[1]

In 1000, Athanasius compiled and assigned the lectionaries from both Testaments to be read in the Syriac Orthodox Church. During his tenure as patriarch, Athanasius ordained thirty-nine bishops as well, including maphrian Ignatius I bar Qiqi, before his death at the Monastery of Mar Barsoum in 1002.[1]


  • Athanasius IV Salhoyo is also counted as Athanasius V by those who consider Athanasius Sandalaya a semi-legitimate patriarch, however, the Syriac Orthodox Church considers Sandalaya an illegitimate patriarch, and is thus not counted as such.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Barsoum (2003)
  2. ^ Palmer (1990), p. 263


Preceded by
John VII Sarigta
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
John VIII bar Abdoun