Hagiography of the 7th century

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There are three hagiographies from the 7th century which exist in English translation.[1]

Life of Rabban bar `Idta

Rabban bar `Idta (d. 612 AD) belonged to the East Syriac church. There was a prose life by John the Persian, who wrote in the third quarter of the 7th century. This survives only in a verse epitome from the 11th century. An English translation exists.

Life of Rabban Hormizd

Rabban Hormizd lived in the 6-7th century, and belonged to the East Syriac church. There is a prose life, attributed to a monk Shem`on who lived in the 7th century. This life has been translated into English. There are also two much later verse lives.

Life of Maximus the Confessor

Maximus the Confessor (d.662) was a dyothelete confessor. A hostile monothelete Life was produced, most likely within a few decades of Maximus' death. According to this text, Maximus originated from Palestine, and not from Constantinople as in the Greek Life. An English translation exists.


  • Lives of Rabban bar `Idta and Rabban Hormizd: E. Wallis Budge, (1902).
  • Life of Maximus the Confessor: S. P. Brock, Analecta Bollandia 91 (1973), 299-346. Reprinted in Syriac Perspectives on Late Antiquity (1984), ch. 12.


  1. Sebastian Brock, A brief outline of Syriac literature, Moran Etho 9, p. 57 and 135.