Job of Edessa

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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.[1]

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 (Unpublished).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)


  1. Sebastian Brock, A brief outline of Syriac literature, Moran Etho 9, (1997), p. 65-6 and p. 138.