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 II
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,[2] into a Greek Orthodox family but converted to Syriac Orthodoxy after reading the works of Severus of Antioch. He became a monk at the Monastery of Gubba Barraya, near Edessa and was later ordained as bishop of Apamea in 691. Elias became patriarch in 709, and he is known from the Chronicle of Michael the Syrian to have consecrated a church in Antioch in 721 and another in Sarmada in 722.[3]


  1. ^ The Preaching of Islam. Forgotten Books. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-1-4400-8131-6. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  2. ^ The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences - Ignatius Aphrem I Barsoum. 
  3. ^ Jan J. Ginkel; Hendrika Lena Murre-van den Berg; Theo Maarten Van Lint (2005). Redefining Christian Identity: Cultural Interaction in the Middle East Since the Rise of Islam. Peeters Publishers. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-90-429-1418-6. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
Preceded by
Julian II
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Athanasius III

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