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Ignatius Noah of Lebanon

Ignatius Noah of Lebanon

The basics
Quick Facts
Countries Syria
Occupations Priest
Type Religion
Gender male
Birth 1451
Death 28 July 1509 (Hama, Hama, Hama Governorate, Syria)
Residence Mor Hananyo Monastery, Mardin, Mardin Province, Turkey
The details

Ignatius Noah of Lebanon was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 1493 until his death in 1509.


Noah was born in 1451 in the village of Baqufa, near Tripoli, into a Maronite family originally from Damascus. At an early age, Noah and his brother were converted to Syriac Orthodoxy by the metropolitan bishop of Syria, Mor Dioscurus. As a result, Noah became a monk and priest, at the Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian where he studied the Syriac language and religious sciences under Thomas of Homs.

In 1480, Noah was ordained metropolitan of Homs, upon which he took the name Cyril. Subsequently, he taught among the Maronites and converted many priests and their congregations to Syriac Orthodoxy. Nine years later. he was ordained the Maphrian of the East, and in 1493 was consecrated patriarch of Antioch, and adopted the name Ignatius.

As patriarch, he was involved in a jurisdictional dispute with Ignatius Mas'ud of Zaz, the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Tur Abdin, who had appointed a metropolitan for the town of Ma’dan, which was out of his jurisdiction. During his tenure as patriarch, Noah ordained thirteen metropolitans and bishops before his death on the 28th of July 1509.


Noah is known to have been a mediocre poet and a writer who wrote odes and verse pieces, as well as a hymn in Arabic on the Virgin Mary and a very brief historical tract.

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