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John of Damascus (Saint)
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(c. 650, Damascus – before 754, Mar Saba). The legendary vitae of John hardly contain any factual information. John of Damascus was born into a Christian family of the Greek Damascene upper class, which initially collaborated with the caliphs. His family enjoyed close ties to the court of the caliph, in whose service he also stood. Before the year 700, probably because the Christians were increasingly being driven out of public offices from the late 7th century on, he retired to the Mar Saba Monastery near Jerusalem. There, he officiated as pri…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “John of Damascus (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10923>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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