John of Damascus
b. AD 675 – d. December 4, AD 749 • Hymn writer • Monk • Philosopher • Theologian
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
John of Damascus, St
John of Damascus, St (c. 660–c. 750), Greek theologian and ‘*Doctor of the Church’. Little can be established about his life, though he belonged to a family that had long been involved in the fiscal administration in Damascus, and he succeeded his father in the court of the Caliph. He resigned his office,
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
John of Damascus (c. 665–749)
John of Damascus (c. 665–749)The outstanding Greek theologian of the eighth century and one of the most influential in both east and west. His grandfather Mansur negotiated the surrender of Damascus to the Arabs in 635. His half-brother Cosmas was bishop of Maiuma in Gaza and is known as the hymnographer
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John of Damascus
John of Damascus (St.).—“The last of the Fathers of the Church,” was born in the decline of the seventh century at Damascus, from which city he received the surname “Damascene.” By the Saracens he was called “Mansur,” and on account of his eloquence was surnamed “Chryssorrhoas” (Gold-streaming). He received
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
John of Damascus
John of Damascus (ca. 670–749). Generally considered to be the last of the great fathers of the Eastern church. A native of Damascus, he was a high official of the caliphate. Although some say he was the grand vizier of the caliphate, it is most likely that he represented Christians before the government
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John of Damascus
John of DamascusJohn of Damascus (c. 655–c. 750) was known as a strong defender of images in the iconoclastic controversy. Little is known of the events of his life, except that he came from a wealthy family, served for a time in a Muslim administration, and then became a monk. His work The Fountain
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John of Damascus, St.
John of Damascus, St. (c. 675–c. 749). Often regarded as the last great Eastern Orthodox theologian, John, raised in Damascus, became a monk at forty years of age in Palestine. His key work, The Fount of Wisdom, was a synthesis of Orthodox thinking on philosophy, true faith and heresy. John is famous
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John of Damascus
TheologiansJohn of DamascusImage-conscious Arab“I do not worship matter, I worship the God of matter, who became matter for my sake and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter. I will not cease from honoring that matter which works for my salvation. I venerate
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Joannes (529)
JOANNES (529) DAMASCENUS (St. John, of Damascus, Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός, surnamed also Μανσούρ and Χρυσορρόας), monk.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
John of Damascus
JOHN of Damascus (ca. 650–749/750). Coming from a noble family, Arab but Christian, John must have been born around 650. After having been with his father in the service of the caliphs, he retired after 700 (the date is disputed) to the monastery of St. Sabas near Jerusalem. Ordained a priest by John,
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
John of Damascus (c. 652–c. 750)
JOHN OF DAMASCUS (c. 652–c. 750)Born and raised in Damascus in an eminent Christian family called Mansur, John at first assumed high civil office, but later (after the eruption of Emperor Leo Isaurian’s *iconoclastic policy) joined his adopted brother Cosmas as a monk at the monastery of St Saba near
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John of Damascus
John of Damascus (c. 675–749)Greek Orthodox theologian; poetJohn was born in Damascus to a wealthy Christian family. His father represented the Christians in the caliph’s court. John succeeded his father at court, but then in about 716 joined the monastery of St. Sabas near Jerusalem.John opposed