Job of Edessa
Job of Edessa was an East Syriac writer who flourished in the early 9th century AD. He was an important translator of Greek scientific works into Syriac.
Life and Works
It is known that he was born at Edessa, and was a contemporary of the Catholicos Timothy I (d. 823). The East Syriac translator into Arabic, Hunayn ibn Ishaq, mentions him frequently as a translator into Syriac of works by Galen.
Two works survive, both technical in character.
- The Book of Treasures. ET This is in 6 books, covering metaphysics, psychology, physiology, medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics, meteorology, and astronomy.
- On Canine Hydrophobia. (Unpublished).
In the Book of Treasures he mentions other works that he had written: on cosmology, the soul, syllogisms, the senses, medicine (on urine) and the Faith. None have survived.
- Job of Edessa: A. Mingana (1935)
- Sebastian Brock, A brief outline of Syriac literature, Moran Etho 9, (1997), p. 65-6 and p. 138.