Elias I of Antioch

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Elias I
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 709
Term ended 723
Predecessor Julian III
Successor Athanasius III
Personal details
Born 641
Died 3 October 723

Elias I of Antioch (Syriac:Mor Elijah) was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 709 until his death in 723.[1]


Elias was born in 641 into a Greek Orthodox family, but later converted to miaphysitism, the doctrine of the Syriac Orthodox Church, after reading the works of Severus of Antioch. He became a monk at the Monastery of Gubba Barraya, near Edessa, and was ordained as Bishop of Apamea in 691.[2] Elias was consecrated as patriarch in 709 following the death of Julian III, and presented himself to Caliph Al-Walid I in the same year.[3] The patriarch financed and consecrated a new church in the city of Antioch in 721,[4] and another church in Sarmada in 722. Elias led the Syriac Orthodox Church as patriarch prior to his death in 723.[2]


  1. ^ Arnold (2006), p. 67
  2. ^ a b Barsoum (2003)
  3. ^ Ginkel et al. (2005), p.15
  4. ^ Johnson (2016), p.144


Preceded by
Julian III
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Athanasius III

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