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Isaac of Antioch
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(5th cent.). A collection that originated in the 11th century attributes 60 Syriac metrical poems to “Isaac, the Syrian teacher”; he is supposed to have been a student of Zenobios, who in turn was a student of Ephraem the Syrian. Many (additional) Syriac poems have been transmitted separately under the names Isaac, “teacher (of the church),” “bishop and teacher” (ms. British Library 14666) or “the Syrian.” They stem from several persons. Jacob of Edessa (died 708) already knew three 4th/5th-century authors by the name “Isaac the teacher”: a student of …

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Kaufhold, Hubert, “Isaac of Antioch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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