Butrus Sawirus Al-Jamil, Bishop Of Malij (Beginning Of 13th C.)

BUTRUS SAWIRUS AL-JAMIL, BISHOP OF MALIJ (beginning of 13th c.)

A Bishop, apologist, hagiographer. The limited information that we possess about Butrus al-Jamil, who perhaps received the name Sawirus upon his consecration as bishop of Malij, points to a polemically minded scholar: his (The Book of the Sunrise) is a catalog of the errors of other groups (the Melchites, the Franks, the Armenians, the Nestorians, and even the Syrian Orthodox), while his Kitab al-Burhan (The Book of the Demonstration) is a vigorous response to questions by a Muslim in Cairo, in which Butrus argues for the superiority of and prayer.

According to Shams al-Ri’asa Abu al-Barakat ibn Kabar, the Copto-Arabic Synaxarion had been attributed to Butrus al-Jamil. While this attribution has not been verified, it is not impossible that Butrus made a of saints’ lives ordered by date, and that this was later used by others such as Mikha’il, Bishop of Akhmim and Malij, who is usually given major credit for the work.

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