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Patriarchs of Antioch
Chronological List


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The Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch is held to be the first church of the Christianity, established by the Apostle St. Peter in 37 AD. Who is the first bishop of Antioch.

 

The head of the Syriac Orthodox Church is the Patriarch H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, who resides in Damascus, the capital of the Syria. The Church has about 26 archdioceses and 11 Patriarchal Vicariates. Some estimate that the church has about four million members globally.

Traditionally, list of the Patriarchs of Antioch have been drawn in a spiral form on the Patriarchal Throne at Dayro d-Mor Hananyo (Deir az-Za`faran). As is not uncommon with historical accounts, sources for the chronological lists of the Patriarchs differ on dates. The source for the following list and accounts of some Patriarchs is:
1. History of Syriac Literature and Sciences,
Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem I Barsoum, Presseggiata Press; 2000.

2. Article written by H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem Barsoum I, published in the Patriarchal Journal, Damascus, volume of 17 September 1982 pages 8-14;

3. Syriac Church of Antioch's History
, Part 2, by H.E. Severius Yacoub Touma, (The Patriarch) Beirut 1957 page 337;
4. Ecclesiastical History of the Patriarchs,
By H. E. Metropolitan Y. Dolabani, Netherlands, 1990;
5.
My Syrian Orthodox Church (
kanisati as-Suryaniyya), By H.E. Archbishop Isaac Saka, Damascus, 1985}.

 

1

St. Peter the Apostle

37-67

2

St. Evodius

67-68

3

St. Ignatius I Nurono (the Illuminator)

68-107

4

St. Heron

107-127

5

St. Cornelius

127-154

6

St. Heros

154-169

7

St. Theophilos

169-182

8

St. Maximos I

182-191

9

St. Serapion

191-211

10

St. Ascelpiadis the Confessor

211-220

11

Philitus

220-231

12

Zbina

231-237

13

St. Babylas the Martyr

237-251

14

Fabius

251-254

15

S. Demetrianos

254-260

16

Paul I of Samosate

260-268   d 272

17

Domnus I

268-273

18

Timaeus

273-282

19

Cyril I

283-303

20

Tyrannos

304-314

21

Vitalis

314-320

22

St. Philogonus

320-323

23

Paulinos of Tyre

323-324

24

St. Eustatheos

324-337

 

The Arians took control of the See of Antioch and appointed the following Patriarchs:

 

 

Eulalius

331-333

 

Euphornius

333-334

 

Philaclus

334-342

 

Stephanos

342-344

 

Leontius

344-357

 

Eudoxius

358-359

 

Euzoios

360

25

Meletius

360-381

26

St. Flavian I

381-404

27

Porphyros

404-412

28

Alexander

412-417

29

Theodotos

417-428

30

John I

428-442

31

Domnus II

442-449

32

Maximos II

449-455

 

Maximos abdicated and the Chalcedonians seized control over the See of Antioch and appointed the following Patriarchs:

 

 

Basil

456-458

 

Acacius (Oqoq, Aqaq)

458-461

 

Martyrius

461-468

33

Peter II (Qassar)

468-488

 

(Exiled by Chalcedonian at 471) The Chalcedonians took control of the See of Antioch from 471 till 482. ,  

 

 

Julian (Chalcedonian)

471 - 476

 

John II  (Orthodox) because of the main legal patriarch is still alive, cannot be account him as a legal patriarch

476-478

 

Stephanus II (Chalcedonian)

478 - 481

 

Callandion (Chalcedonian)

481-482

 

Peter II the Fuller (Qassar)  “came back from his exile to the See”

482-488

34

Palladius

488-498

35

Flavian II

498-512

36

St. Severus the Great

512-538

 

The Chalcedonians took control of the See of Antioch in 518 and Mor Severus forced to leave the See of Antioch and flee to Egypt, and appointed the following Patriarchs whose line continues in the Byzantine (Rum/Antiochene Orthodox) Patriarchate:

 

 

Paul the Jew

518-521

 

Euphrosius

521-528

 

Ephrem of Amid

528-546

 

From 538 till 544 the death year of Mor Severius, because of persecution the See of Antioch was vacant. In 544, Jacob Baradaeus consecrated Sergius of Tella as Patriarch)

 

37

Sargius of Tella

544-546

 

During this turbulent time, the Holy See remained vacant for 4 years.

 

38

Paul II the Black of Alexandria

550-575

 

He was deposed in 575 for joining the Chalcedonians. The Holy See remained vacant for the next few years.

 

39

Peter III of Raqqa

581-591

40

Julian I

591-595

41

Athanasius I Gammolo

595-631

42

John II of the Sedre

631-648

43

Theodore

649-667

44

Severius II bar Masqeh

667-681

45

Athanasius II Baldoyo

683-686

46

Julian II

686-708

47

Elias I

709-723

48

Athanasius III

724-740

49

Iwannis I

740-754

 

After the death of Iwanis, two Patriarchs were appointed at the behest of the Caliph:

 

 

Iwannis Isaac

754-?

 

Athanasius al-Sandali

?-758

50

George I

758-790

51

Joseph

790-792

52

Kyriakos of Takrit

793-817

53

Dionysius I of Tell-Mahre

817-845

54

John III

846-873

 

The See was vacant from 873 till 878

 

55

Ignatius II

878-883

56

Theodosius Romanos of Takrit

887-896

57

Dionysius II

897-909

58

John IV Qurzahli

910-922

59

Baselius I

923-935

60

John V

936-953

61

Iwanis II

954-957

62

Dionysius III

958-961

63

Abraham I

962-963

64

John VI Srighta

965-985

65

Athanasius IV of Salah

986-1002

66

John VII bar `Abdun

1004-1033

67

Dionysius IV Yahya

1034-1044

 

Due to internal conflicts within the Church, the Holy See was vacant for the next few years.

 

68

John VIII

1049-1057

69

Athanasius V

1058 -1063

70

John IX bar Shushan

1063-1073

71

Baselius II

1074-1075

 

After the death of Baselius, John Abdun got himself appointed Patriarch and caused trouble in the Church. He was deposed but continued causing trouble until 1091.

 

72

Dionysius V Lazaros

1077-1078

73

Iwanis III

1080-1082

74

Dionysius VI

1088-1090

75

Athanasius VI bar Khamoro

1091-1129

76

John X bar Mawdyono

1129-1137

77

Athanasius VII bar Qutreh

1138-1166

78

Michael I Rabo the Great

1166-1199

79

Athanasius VIII

1200-1207

80

John XI Yeshu the Writer

1208-1220

81

Ignatius III David

1222-1252

82

John XII bar Ma`dani

1252-1263

83

Ignatius IV Yeshu

1264-1282

84

Philoxenos I Nemrud

1283-1292

85

Michael II

1292-1312

86

Michael III Yeshu

1312-1349

87

Baselius III Gabriel

1349-1387

88

Philoxenos II the Writer

1387-1421

89

Baselius IV Shem`un of Beth Man’em

1421-1444

90

Ignatius Behnam al-Hadli

1445-1454

91

Ignatius Khalaf

1455-1483

92

Ignatius John XIII (Mardin)

1483-1493

93

Ignatius Nuh of Lebanon (Ba Qufi)

1493-1509

94

Ignatius Yeshu I (Qilleth)

1509-1512

95

Ignatius Jacob I (Sawro) *

1512-1517

96

Ignatius David I (Ma’dan)

1517-1520

97

Ignatius Abdullah I Stephan (Qal’at Mara)

1520-1557

98

Ignatius Ni`met Allah I (Mardin)

1557-1576

99

Ignatius David II Shah (Mardin)

1576-1591

100

Ignatius Pilate I (Mansuriyeh)

1591-1597

101

Ignatius Hadayat Allah (Mardin)

1597-1639

102

Ignatius Shem’un I (Turabdin)

1640-1659

103

Ignatius Yeshu II Qamsheh (Amid-Diyar Bakir)

1659-1662

104

Ignatius Abdul Masih I (Urhoy-Edessa)

1662-1686

105

Ignatius George II (Mosul)

1687-1708

106

Ignatius Isaac ‘Azar (Mosul)

1709-1722

107

Ignatius Shukr Allah (Mardin)

1722-1745

108

Ignatius George III (Urhoy-Edessa)

1745-1768

109

Ignatius George IV (Mosul)

1768-1781

110

Ignatius Matthew (Mardin)

1782-1817

111

Ignatius Yunan (Mosul)

1817-1818

112

Ignatius George V (Aleppo)

1819-1837

113

Ignatius Elias II (Mosul)

1838-1847

114

Ignatius Jacob II (Qal’at Mara)

1847-1871

115

Ignatius Peter IV (Mosul)

1872-1894

116

Ignatius Abdul Masih II (Qal’at Mara)

1895-1905

 

Abdul Masih was deposed in 1905.

 

117

Ignatius Abdeh d-Aloho II (Sadad)

1906-1915

118

Ignatius Elias III (Mardin)

1917-1932

119

Ignatius Afram I Barsoum (Mosul)

1933-1957

120

Ignatius Jacob III (Bartelleh)

1957-1980

121

Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (Mosul)

1980-2014

122

Ignatius Ephram II Karim

2014-

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