Ignatius II

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Ignatius II
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
ChurchSyriac Orthodox Church
Term ended883
PredecessorJohn III
SuccessorTheodosius Romanus
Personal details
Birth nameYeshu

Ignatius II was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 878 until his death in 883.


Ignatius was born in the 9th century as Yeshu; he went on to become a monk at the Monastery of Harbaz. After the death of Patriarch John III, the Holy See of Antioch was vacant between 873 and 878. In 878, the metropolitan bishops of the Syriac Orthodox Church convened at the Monastery of Mor Zacchaeus, near Raqqa and elected Yeshu as Patriarch and he was consecrated as patriarch on June 5 878. Upon his consecration, Yeshu took the name Ignatius.

At the same synod Ignatius issued twelve cannons, of which we still have a copy, aside from the first, second and part of the third cannons. During his tenureship, Ignatius ordained twenty-six metropolitans and bishops before dying in 883.[1]


  1. ^ The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences - Ignatius Aphrem I Barsoum.
Preceded by
John III
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Theodosius Romanus