DARAMSUQ — Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II issued a statement on the occasion of the 1,500th anniversary of the death of Mor Jacob of Saruj.
“On the occasion of this jubilee, the Patriarchate will publish books on the biography of this great saint as well as articles that deserve to be accessible to scholars,” read the statement. “We also urge all our parishes around the world to organize scientific conferences, cultural seminars and seminars on the biography of Mor Jacob of Saruj.”
Mor Yacoub of Saruj was born in the village of Kortam in Mesopotamia in 451. He studied at the Raha School (ܐܘܪܗܝ), where he learned Syriac and spent his life organizing theological poems and delivering educational speeches.
Appointed a priest in 503, he taught monks in monasteries, including Habib Rahawi and the monk Daniel.