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  John of Damascus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He was born and raised in Damascus but died (in all probability) at the monastery of Mar Saba, southeast of Jerusalem.
John of Damascus succeeded his father in his position upon his death: he was appointed protosymbullus, or chief councilor of Damascus.
Despite John's earnest advocation to his innocence, the caliph dismissed his plea, discharged him from his post, and ordering his right hand, which he used for writing, to be cut off by the wrist.
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 Saint John - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John the Baptist, also known as John of Jerusalem, who baptised Jesus at the start of Jesus' ministry.
John the Apostle, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, who is traditionally (but controversially) identified with the Evangelist, below (see Authorship of the Johannine works).
John the Evangelist, to whom the Gospel of John is attributed, often along with 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.
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 St. John Damascene
John Damascene (or John of Damascus) was the last of the great Eastern Fathers of the Church.
John's spiritual director told him that he should be mourning his sins, not indulging in song.
But St. John they could not police, for he was not under the jurisdiction of Christian Constantinople but of Moslem Damascus.
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 St. John's Cathedral Icon Walls
St. Catherine was unknown in the city of Alexandria in Egypt until she stepped forth at the age of eighteen into the public forum in defense of the Christian faith.
John was born in 675 in Damascus in Syria which at this time was ruled by Caliphs who merely tolerated Christianity.
St. Mary was born and raised in Egypt during the reign of the Emperor Justinian (527-565).
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 John of Damascus - OrthodoxWiki
He was born and raised in Damascus, in all probability at the Monastery of Saint Sabbas (Mar Saba), South East of Jerusalem.
Despite John's earnest advocation to his innocence, the caliph dismissed his plea and discharged him from his post, ordering his right hand, which he used for writing, to be severed at the wrist.
However, John then retired to the Monastery of Saint Sabbas near Jerusalem, where he continued to produce a stream of commentaries, hymns and apologetic writings, including the Oktoechos (the Church's service book of eight tones) and An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, a summary of the dogmatic writings of the Early Church Fathers.
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 Liturgica.com | Liturgics
St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians 2:6-7 described the Incarnation in terms of Jesus having the "form of God" and taking on the "form of a servant".
St. John of Damascus anticipated the main thrust of Calvin's argument against icons when he argued that the Old Testament injunction against images was given in order to prevent the Israelites from attempting to represent the invisible God.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux was troubled by this excessive ornamentation that resulted in the Church "resplendent in her walls and beggarly in her poor" (Coulton 1928:573).
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John's authorship of this book has been challenged, for the reason that the writer, in treating of Arianism, speaks of Arius, who died four centuries before the time of Damascene, as still living and working spiritual ruin among his people.
Though John of Damascus wrote voluminously on the Scriptures, as in the case of so much of his writing, his work bears little of the stamp of originality.
John Chrysostom and appended as commentaries to texts from the Epistles of St. Paul.
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 Byzantine Empire 610-1095 by Sanderson Beck
John of Damascus was born in that city in the last quarter of the seventh century, and he probably died in 749.
John did not claim that his ideas are new but that they are based on sound Christian doctrine, much of which he got from the Greek fathers Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, and his main source, Gregory Nazianzen.
John criticized Muhammad's teaching that they could have four wives and an unlimited number of concubines, that men could divorce their wives easily, and he was offended that Muhammad made Zayd divorce his wife so that he could marry her.
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 Orthodox Icon of St. John of Damascus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
John was in the administration of Caliph Abdul-Malek, during which time he was a strong advocate for the veneration of icons.
John, instead, became a monk in the monastery of St. Sava the Sanctified.
This icon is one of the "cloud of witnesses" at St. Philip's Antiochian Orthodox Church, Souderton, Pennsylvania.
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 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, WA
John was baptized in infancy, and had a tutor called Cosmas who taught he the sciences and theology.
In spite of his theological training St. John does not seem, at first, to have contemplated any career except that of his father, to whose office he succeeded.
John's three letters in defence of the holy icons, for which he was slandered before the khalif and his hand was cut off, had become known and read everywhere, and had earned him the hatred of the persecuting emperors.
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 St. John of Damascus
John the Damascene was a brilliant star in the ecclesiastical firmament, shining with steady rays in the dark night of heresy.
John himself had already been ordained to the holy priesthood some years before his foster-brother was made Bishop: but although he was given the rank of “presbyter”, he seldom left the monastery of St. Sabas.
John of Damascus died at a very old age, the exact date of which is not known.
www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org /articles/patrology/moses_st_john_damascus.htm   (5541 words)

 St. John of Damascus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
John was educated by a Sicilian monk, Cosmas, who had been taken captive, and whose liberation John’s father paid for.
He was a hymn-writer, the Eastern equivalent to St. Ambrose in that respect; the best known for us are a group of Easter hymns including ‘The day of Resurrection’.
John could not be proceeded against because he lived in Muslim territory.
www.hullp.demon.co.uk /SacredHeart/saint/StJohnofDamascus.htm   (178 words)

 The Mystery of Death in the Hymns of St. John of Damascus
St. John of Damascus, who reposed in 749, is known as one of the great theologians and hymnographers of the Orthodox Church.
Throughout the Idiomela St. John speaks of Christ as having chosen the deceased (I) who is His servant (V,VI), entreating the Lord to give him rest in the abode of those who are glad (III), and in blessedness (IV), and in the land of the living (VI).
St. John does not want us to dwell upon the foulness of the grave, but to reflect on the ugliness of sin, and how it may be transformed into spiritual beauty.
www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org /articles/music/frawley_death_hymns.htm   (1289 words)

 Magic Statistics - “I accept no responsibility for statistics, which are a form of magic beyond my ...
Third, John claimed that, with the birth of the Son of God in the flesh, the depiction of Christ in paint and wood demonstrated faith in the Incarnation.
John’s position was accepted: iconoclasm was condemned and a statement produced which justified icons by reference to the tradition of the church and quotations from the Fathers.
St John of Damascus is sometimes regarded as the last of the Church Fathers.
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 Catholic Online - Saints & Angels - St. John of Damascus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The attainments of the young John of Damascus commanded the veneration of the Saracens; he was compelled reluctantly to accept an office of higher trust and dignity than that held by his father.
John, convinced by this miracle, that he was under the special protection of our Lady, resolved to devote himself wholly to a life of prayer and praise, and retired to the monastery of Saint Sabas.
John was allowed to devote himself to religious poetry, which became the heritage of the Eastern Church, and to theological arguments in defense of the doctrines of the Church, and refutation of all heresies.
saints.catholic.org /saints/saint.php?saint_id=66   (1026 words)

John Damascene said that the repeated commands given to the Jews not to make an image referred to the making of an image of the invisible God, lest they sink into idolartry, which they were prone to.
But St. John prayed to the Blessed Virgin, reminding her, "This hand often wrote hymns and canticles in praise of thee, and many times offered the Sacred Body and Blood of thy Son in thy honor for the salvation of all sinners." He continued his prayer all night.
John asks those who say this resurrection from the dust is impossible to consider how the body is formed in the first place from a little drop of seed that grows in the womb.
www.catholictradition.org /Mary/mary19-1.htm   (1959 words)

 St. John of Damascus
John’s father, Sergius, died in 726 and St. John was appointed to take his father’s position as counselor to the caliph (civil and religious leader in a Moslem state).
That night while St. John was sleeping, the Virgin appeared to him saying, “Thy hand is now whole; sorrow no more.” John awoke with great joy and astonishment seeing that his cut-off hand was back in its place.
The righteous St. John of Damascus became a bishop and died at the age of 104.
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 St. John Damascene | Biography and Writings of Saint John of Damascus -Welcome to The Crossroads Initiative
Saint John Damascene was born into a rich family and spent the early years of his adult life serving as the official representative of the Christian community to the Muslim Caliph.
John Damascene's treatment of the Sacraments is also extensive, and his emphasis on the real bodily presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is very strong.
John Damascene's influence on later theology was considerable indeed.
www.crossroadsinitiative.com /library_author/56/St._John_Damascene.html   (425 words)

 St. Pachomius Library
Of John's 150 works, the most famous is The Source of Knowledge (also translated as The Fount of Wisdom), which some consider to have been the first summa since it was taken as a model of systematic theology.
John Ernest Merrill: Of the Tractate of John of Damascus on Islam.
Emphasis is on what St. John's writings shew about early Islamic beliefs, which if he reported them correctly seem to deviate from modern views.
www.voskrese.info /spl/Xjn-damasc.html   (312 words)

 Origins Of Islam: King Offa, John Of Damascus & The Arabic Inscriptions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The 'new' historians such as John Wansbrough, Patricia Crone and Michael Cook, have taken a stance that the origins of Qur'ân and Islam as we see today were at least 150+ years AH.
John of Damascus also called Saint John Damascene, (Latin Johannes Damascenus) born in 675 in Damascus and died on Dec. 4, 749, near Jerusalem.
Further John of Damascus labelled Arabs as Sarcens which became the common name by which the Muslims were referred to in the early literature of Islam in the West.
www.islamic-awareness.org /History/Islam/offa.html   (961 words)

 Life of Saint John of Damascus - The Great Collection of St. Demetrius of Rostov
John's father was grieved at this, because he was loath to part with such a wise and worthy instructor.
John begged the ruler to allow him to explain the reason for the evil Emperor's hatred toward him and to give him a little time to establish his innocence, but this was refused.
John began this book with words he had once sung when his hand was restored: "Thy victorious right hand hath in godly manner been glorified in might." The hymn "In thee all creation rejoiceth, O thou who art full of grace" he also first chanted when exulting after the wondrous healing.
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 Church Fathers - Theandros - Online Journal of Orthodox Christian Theology and Philosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
John's main contribution to the Church was his massive Exposition of the Orthodox Faith.
In this text, John offers a systematic exposition of the doctrines of the Church Fathers who preceded him, providing a synthesis of all accepted Orthodox dogma.
Clearly, John saw the book of theology as essentially closed, and he reminds us that he is adding nothing of his own thought, but simply repeating the Fathers, albeit in a more concise form.
www.theandros.com /damascus.html   (198 words)

 Feastdays of Christian Saints - Calendar Mine (Perpetual Multicultural Calendar Software)
Saint John was born into a Christian family that was greatly repected by the Islamic rulers of Damascus.
John achieved high office in Damasacus, and was able to minister and assist Christian captives brought to Damascus by Saracens.
While Jesus was dying on the cross, he made John the guardian of his mother, the Virgin Mary.
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 Island of Freedom - St. John Damascene
Saint John Damascene, or John of Damascus, was a theologian, writer, scholar, Father of the Church, and Doctor of the Church.
John was considered one of the ablest philosophers of his day and was known as Chrysorrhoas (Greek, "Golden Stream") because of his oratorical ability.
Saint John Damascene is considered a saint by both the Roman Catholic church and the Greek church.
www.island-of-freedom.com /DAMASCEN.HTM   (934 words)

 Feature: Nearest in love by William Dalrymple
INDEED, THE GREATEST theologian of the early church, St John of Damascus (who died in 749), was convinced that Islam was at root not a new religion, but instead a variation on a Judaeo-Christian form.
I first really heard about St John of Damascus and his writings was when I went to spend a few night in Mar Saba in the course of a journey around the monasteries of the Middle East in 1994.
It was here that St John of Damascus wrote his critique of Islam, the first ever penned by a Christian.
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 biblicalia » Blog Archive » St. John the Muslim   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Neomartyr John was born of noble Muslim parents in the small town of Konitza (Konica), in the diocese of Vellas which was part of the Metropolis of Ioannina, Epeiros.
Because he could not be baptized in Vrachori, John went to the island of Ithaca and received holy Baptism and took the name of John.
The muselimi decided that since John was neither a Christian nor a Muslim, that is, according to him, he could not be buried in the cemetery of either faith.
www.bombaxo.com /blog/?p=110   (764 words)

 St John of Constantinople and other catholic saints, patron saints, all saints, catholic saint names, catholic saint ...
St John of Constantinople and other catholic saints, patron saints, all saints, catholic saint names, catholic saint pictures
Testament of Theodore the Studite for the Monastery of St. John Stoudios in Constantinople (trans.
Image of the front peristyle St John Studius Constantinople 490 A.D. This one of the last structures with a Classical entablature and proportions.
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 St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Rev John Behr
While finishing his studies, he was invited to be a Visiting Lecturer at St Vladimir’s Seminary in 1993, where he has been a permanent faculty member since 1995, tenured in 2000, and ordained in 2001.
He is the currently the editor of St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly and the Popular Patristics Series, the faculty supervisor for the Inter-Seminary Dialogue, and, as “resident alien,” the advisor for foreign students at the Seminary.
Fr John’s wife, also a Tour de France enthusiast, teaches English at a nearby college, and their two sons are being taught to appreciate the finer points of French culture: cycle racing and cheese.
www.svots.edu /Faculty/John-Behr/index.html   (1482 words)

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