Iwannis I

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Iwannis I
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 740
Term ended 754
Predecessor Athanasius III
Successor Iwannis Isaac
Personal details
Birth name John

Iwannis I was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 740 until his death in October 754.


Iwannis studied and became a monk at the Monastery of Eusebuna. He was later ordained metropolitan of Hauran and was elected and consecrated as patriarch in 740. When the Caliph Marwan II, visited Hauran, the patriarch Iwannis presented him with fifty camels laden with gifts, the caliph honoured him and gave him a decree of authorisation.[1]

After his death in 754, the Caliph al-Mansur appointed two successors without being elected by the Holy Synod and are considered "intruders" by the Syriac Orthodox Church.



Preceded by
Athanasius III
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Iwannis Isaac