(from Syrian for ragged, because he usually wore ragged clothes; ca. 500578). B. Tella, near Edessa (Urfa), Turkey in Asia; educ. in monastery at Phesilta, near Nisibis (Nusaybin); bp. Edessa ca. 542; championed Monophysitism; reputed founder of Jacobites. Influenced the Ethiopic* Ch. See also Jacobites, 1.
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