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The city of Nisibis, said to have been founded by Nimrod, was ceded to the Persians (Iran) by the Romans in 363ce. It was already a center of Christianity and the initial site of Ephraem the Syrian’s activity; when the city went to the Persians, Ephraem moved to Edessa, where the so-called Persian school flourished under his leadership. His students continued his theological and exegetical tradition until the time of Cyrus (or Qioras/Qiiōrē, 373–347), who translated Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia into Syriac. After the Council of Ephesus, Rabbūlā of Ed…

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Tamcke, Martin, “Nisibis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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