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John Damascene, Saint (c.676–c.750)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0733

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schmidt, A. J. 2011. John Damascene, Saint (c.676–c.750). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


St. John Damascene was born in about 676 of wealthy, pious parents and baptized as John Mansour in Damascus, Syria. In ecclesiastical circles, he is also known as John of Damascus. His father held a high-ranking civil service position as chief financial officer for Abdul Malek, under the Muslim caliph.


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