St. Aphrahat the Persian Sage

Aphrahat (c. 280–c. 345) known in Latin as Aphraates was a Syriac Christian author of the third century who lived in the Persian / Sasanian Empire and was thus cut off from the larger Christian traditions of the Roman Empire.  However, it is clear by the series of homilies that he wrote on Christian doctrine that the Syriac Christian tradition had maintained common doctrine with the Church of Rome.  Aphrahat himself was celibate and was the head of the Mar Mattai Monastery in modern day Iraq. He was a near contemporary of Ephrem the Syrian and was called the Persian Sage as he is a witness to the early church beyond the eastern boundaries of the Roman Empire.

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