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Rabbula of Edessa
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Rabbula (d. 435/436 CE) was born around 350 CE in Qennishrin (Chalcis), about 40 km southwest of Aleppo, to a wealthy family whose father was pagan (Pagan/Paganism) and mother Christian. As an influential local citizen, Rabbula was given a distinguished honorary governorship. However, on a visit to his estates, he witnessed a healing miracle by a Christian hermit (Anchorite), and he soon converted to Christianity. He went on pilgrimage (Pilgrim/Pilgrimage) to Jerusalem, and then decided to become a monk. He abandoned his …

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Doran, Robert, “Rabbula of Edessa”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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