John III of Antioch

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John III
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 846
Term ended 873
Predecessor Dionysius I Telmaharoyo
Successor Ignatius II
Personal details
Died 3 January 873

John III (Syriac: Mor Yuhanon) was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 846 until his death in 873.


John studied and became a monk at the Monastery of Mar Zacchaeus near Raqqa, where he was also ordained as a priest. In February 846, John was elected and consecrated as patriarch of Antioch at the Monastery of Shila near Serugh after which he issued twenty-five canons.

As a result of the strained relations between the maphrian and the patriarch in the past, in 869 John convened a synod at Kfar Tutho, in which he issued eight canons that resolved the differences between the two and regulated the relationship that would last until the maphrianate was dissolved in 1860.

During his reign as patriarch, John ordained eighty-six metropolitans and bishops before dying on the third of January 873.


Preceded by
Dionysius I Telmaharoyo
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Ignatius II