Balai of Qenneshrin

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Balai of Qenneshrin (Syriac: ܒܠܝ ܕܩܢܫܪܝܢ‎), was a Syriac saint who lived in Qinnasrin in the 5th century CE.

Very little is known about his early life. It has been suggested that he might have been a native of Edessa who later moved to Qinnasrin after being ordained a monk.[1]

A collection of sermons is attributed to him as well as a number of hymns found in Beth Gazo.


  1. ^ Phenix, Robert R. (2008). The sermons on Joseph of Balai of Qenneshrin: rhetoric and interpretation in fifth-century Syriac literature. Mohr Siebeck. pp. 57–58. ISBN 978-3-16-149676-9.