I need the life history of St .Phioloxenus of Mabbug
- Dear Editor of socdigest.org
I am an Ethiopian Orthodox Church member. In profession, I am a social
anthropologist as well as a theologian. I am in need of the life
history of St. Phioloxenus of Mabbug and today's location of Mabbug.
I thank you in advance for your kindness.
Your brother in Christ
- Dear Solomon,
Mabug is the ancient city of Hieropolis (Pamukkale) in Southwest
Turkey. Hierapolis, whose name means "sacred city," was believed by
the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for
its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god
of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community
and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians.
Today, Hierapolis is a World Heritage Site and popular tourist
destination. In addition to interesting Roman ruins, the site offers
a thermal Sacred Pool in which you can swim with ancient artifacts, a
view of the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale, and a good
There are many fine sites where the life of Philoxenus is listed. He
is most famous as a grammarian and expert on the Syriac language. He
was also an expert in Greek and translated many works from Greek to
Syriac. His edition of the New Testament modified the Syriac to
conform more to the Greek language.
If you need more help please write to forum.
Remain in Peace
Father Dale A. Johnson (Barhanna)
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Solomon Wondimu wrote:
> Dear Editor of socdigest.org
> I am an Ethiopian Orthodox Church member. In profession, I am a
> anthropologist as well as a theologian. I am in need of the life
> history of St. Phioloxenus of Mabbug and today's location of Mabbug.
> I thank you in advance for your kindness.
> Your brother in Christ
- Dear Father Dale A. Johnson (Barhanna)
How are you doing? Hope you are doing very well ,thanks to the
Almighty God I am too. Dear Father! first of all I would like to
extend my cordial thanks for your reply.
Second,I have another question. Sorry ,I am troubling you. I am doing
a research on the historical development of Eucharistic Liturgy in
Ethiopia and the meaning of its symbolical rituals. For this ,I have
to study the Oriental Orthodox Churches' Divine Liturgies and their
development. This helps me to understand the relation of Ethiopic
Divine Liturgies with that of Oriental Churches. I tried to browse
various sites to obtain the life history of St .Phioloxenus of
Mabbug .Would you please send it? If you have other useful materials
related with my work. Please ,try to help me. Many thanks for your
May God be with all of us.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Rev. Dale A. Johnson wrote:
> Dear Solomon,
> Mabug is the ancient city of Hieropolis (Pamukkale) in Southwest
> Turkey. Hierapolis, whose name means "sacred city," was believed by
> the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed
> its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto,
> of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community
> and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians.
- Dear moderators
This is in response to the request (item 2 & 3 of SOCM forum digest
No. 2680) from Rev. Dale A. Johnson and Mr. Claude Guérillot that I
am enclosing the life history of St . Phioloxenus of Mabbug from my
book titled Martyrs, Saints & Prelates of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
St. Philexinos of Mabbug, the Martyr
(A. D. 450 - 523)
Philoxions was born at Tahal, Persia. He was originally named Xenaya
(Smith & Wace, 1887; Douglas, 1978). He studied at Urhoy (Edessa)
and at Tel' Ada, Antioch. He later joined the monastery at Karthmin
and became a Priest.
On 18 August A. D. 485, Priest Xenaya was ordained Bishop by the
Patriarch Peter II (Peter, the Fuller) for Mabbug (Hierapolis), by
name Philoxinos. In A. D. 512, Patriarch Severios assumed charge
replacing Flavian II. Bishop Philoxinos was one of the most learned
Syrian theologians and the spokesman of the Patriarch Severius of
Antioch. A Syriac version of the New Testament was published by Mor
Philoxenos in A. D. 508 (Douglas, 1978).
Mor Philoxinos has published several letters about the Chalcedon
heresy, ascetic life, the perfect Christian life, the trinity and the
incarnation, three texts of holy Qurbono, prayers for different
hours, etc. About incarnation, he wrote: "The very personality of God
the word descended from heaven and became man in the womb of the
Virgin, personally without conversion. Thus, He became a man who
could be seen, felt, handled, and yet as God He continued to possess
the spiritual, invisible, and impalpable character essential to
Deity. Neither the deity nor the humanity was absorbed one by the
other, nor converted one into the other. Nor again by a combination
of the two natures was a third evolved as by chemical transformation"
(Smith & Wace, 1887; p. 392).
In A. D. 518, the faithful Anastas Caesar died and Justinus succeeded
him. Justinus was a supporter of Chalcedonians. He persecuted the
faithful, and Mor Philoxinos was first exiled to Thrace and then to
Gangra in Paphlagonia, where he died of suffocation by smoke (Smith &
Wace, 1887; Aphrem, 1963). The date of his martyrdom is given as 10
December A. D. 523.
Aphrem Paulose Ramban (1963). Vellinakshathrangal. (Fr. T. J.
Abraham, Trans.). Manjhinikkara: Mor Ignatius Dayara.
Douglas, J. D. (Ed.) (1978). The new international dictionary of the
Christian Church (rev. ed.) Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House.
Smith, W., & Wace, H. (Eds.). (1887). A dictionary of Christian
biography (Vol. 4). London: John Murray.
Fr. (Dr.) Mani Rajan
- Dear Rev. Dr. Mani Rajan
I have no words to express my deepest pleasure. I am almost
speechless, what you sent me is more than enough. I can not say any
thing except" May the Almighty God multiply His Endless Grace upon
you! May God fulfill all of your wishes except sin" I am proud of
your unreserved cooperation.
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