The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text

The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text

R.H. Charles John of Nikiû / Jul 22, 2019

The Chronicle of John Bishop of Nikiu Translated from Zotenberg s Ethiopic Text The Chronicle of John Bishop of Nikiu is an important source for the history of the turbulent th and th centuries Focusing on Egypt where he was a Monophysite bishop John is one of the few contemp

  • Title: The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text
  • Author: R.H. Charles John of Nikiû
  • ISBN: 9781889758879
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu is an important source for the history of the turbulent 6th and 7th centuries Focusing on Egypt where he was a Monophysite bishop, John is one of the few contemporary historians who describes the conquest of this formerly Roman province by the Muslims.Though his Chronicle follows closely that of John Malalas and the anonymous PaschalThe Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu is an important source for the history of the turbulent 6th and 7th centuries Focusing on Egypt where he was a Monophysite bishop, John is one of the few contemporary historians who describes the conquest of this formerly Roman province by the Muslims.Though his Chronicle follows closely that of John Malalas and the anonymous Paschal Chronicle, John includes numerous unique points of local interest He is among our best sources for the rebellion of the Roman armies in Thrace against the Emperor Maurice in AD 602 and the degenerate reign of the Emperor Phocas John also provides our best account of the subsequent rebellion of Heraclius against Phocas in AD 609 and covers in detail the battles which took place between the partisans of each in Egypt He records natural disasters, plagues, and strange portentious events that occured throughout Egypt such as the appearance of a merman and mermaid in the Nile He focuses on the turmoil in the churches and comments on the numerous quarrels and frequent violence that erupted between the Monophysites and Chalcedonian factions As a Monophysite himself, John offers a rarely seen glimpse into the controversy that was still simmering even 250 years after the Council of Chalcedon The most noteworthy section of the Chronicle is John s description of the conquest of Roman Egypt by the Muslims under the General Amr John credits the triumphant Muslims for not destroying Christian churches, but he also records the atrocities perpetrated and the onerous tax burden laid upon the conquered Egyptians by their new rulers Out of print for nearly a century, this volume represents the onlyEnglish translation of the work, made from an Ethiopic manuscript of 1602 The Ethiopic text was made from an Arabic translation of the original Greek both the original Greek and Arabic versions were subsequently lost The translator, R H Charles, has provided an introduction to the text, detailing the manuscript history and offering insight into the often confused proper names and spots where his own interpretation of the text is at odds with that of Zotenberg Despite several lacunae and some obvious corruptions introduced across the translations, this edition of The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu offers a wealth of insight into a very poorly understood era.

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      • R.H. Charles John of Nikiû

        Robert Henry Charles 1855 1931 was an Irish biblical scholar and theologian He left parochial work in 1889 to devote himself to biblical research and became the greatest authority of his time in matters of Jewish eschatology and apocrypha He became a canon at Westminster Abbey in 1913 and archdeacon there in 1919 His books include Eschatology 1913, 2nd ed , Between the Old and New Testaments 1914 , and his edition of The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament 1913 He is known particularly for English translations of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal works, and editions including Jubilees 1895 , the Book of Enoch 1906 , and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 1908 which have been widely used Among his other publications are The Apocalypse 1920 , Divorce and Nullity 1927 , and The Resurrection of Man 1930 He was educated at the Belfast Academy, Queen s College, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin He gained a D.D and became Professor of Biblical Greek at Trinity College.


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