St. Ephraim the Syrian
Saint Ephrem (306-373), or Ephraim in Latin, was a prominent Christian theologian and writer, who is revered as one of the most notable hymnographers of Eastern Christianity. He was born in Nisibis where the majority of the population spoke Aramaic. He grew up under the leadership of Jacob of Nisibis, who is recorded as a signatory at the First Council of Nicea in 325. Jacob appointed Ephrem as a teacher and that is when he began to compose hymns and write biblical commentaries as part of his educational office. When the Persian Emperor Shapur II seized Nisibis and expelled all of the Christian population, Ephrem relocated to Edessa. After a ten-year residency in Edessa, Ephrem succumbed to the plague as he ministered to its victims.
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