A Christian Bahira legend. Richard Gottheil. Published Online: | DOI: Bahira or Sergius the Monk to the Latin West, was an Arab Arian, Nestorian or possibly Gnostic In the Christian tradition Bahira became a heretical monk, whose errant views inspired the Qur’an. K. Szilágyi, Muhammad and the Monk: The Making of the Christian Baḥīrā Legend, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam A Christian Bahira legend. Main Author: Gottheil, Richard J. H. Language(s): English. Published: New York, Note: Reprint from Zeitschrift für.

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He answered, ‘Do thou but believe in the Messiah, the Son of God, and thou wilt be healed’.

Whilst I was wandering about in this wilderness, this Sargis found me. But it was connecting A and D to legends concerning the rise of Islam that christkan to be the most successful means of securing the con- tinuous relevance of the text. He answered, this is the king of the inhabitants of Katar, who are the Banu Yultfan.

They wish neither for this world, nor for man C: For this reason he was driven from the churches, and fled to the sons of Ishmael. Volume 52 Issue Jahresband Janpp.

I answered him, “Let the will of God, the Most High, be done”. One of these drew near a little to me saying, ‘Follow meP Then I followed him in fear and trembling. Therefore, they probably belong to the early ninth- century M.


Then Mabmad ask- ed Sargis, whence didst thou receive the vision from God? For this reason God has handed them over to all manner of tribulations, because of their evil deeds.

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Judge the cause of the orphans and widows, honor thy father and thy mo- ther that thy days may increase upon the earth; that it be well with thee before the Lord, and thy sins be for- 1 Kur’an, Surahs 47 and He will uproot for them the city of Babylon; will destroy their strong places, and raze their walls.

By means of his bones a great wonder was performed. I fol- lowed him and he took me to heaven. Warmizd and Uchl e bhar? Chabot in the Revue sSmitique,60 seq. In a passage at the beginning of Mhowever, the narrator says in all the synoptic christina that the Arabs called the monk Bah. They will subjugate many cities; powerful kings will quake before them. Twenty-four kings shall come from thee.

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A Christian Bahira Legend

Barbier de Meynard, ed. These received the name “Kaisaniyyah”; Ibn KhaldQn I saw the tree of disobedience, the tree from which death was born.

It went to the four corners of the earth, and came and dwelt in Assyria. Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 2. But, in the following the sin- gular is used; and B has simply “Mahdi bar Fatma”.

In the South there are many kings.

They will fight among themselves. It remains to consider which community produced the legend, where and when.



My trans- lation is a tentative one. I am nahira able to describe it, nor can my tongue tell its excellencies. Mas’adl’s Meadows of Gold, tr.

Conclusion of the Arabic text page 35 A Christian Bahira legend: Volume 37 Issue 4 Jan chrristian, pp. The youth went away with the Arabs who accom- panied him They were christizn at heart, and filled with jeal- ousy towards him. In their days will come famine and pestilence in every country; distress, trials, vexations and rebellions in every place, war and the shedding of blood.

This introduction is meant to explain why Sergius was welcomed by the Arabs, and, rather like the investi- gation section in ES, serves to enhance the historical verisimilitude of the ensuing story. It is curious to see that they are here said to be clad in “red garments”, which the late Jambs Darmesteter thinks is derived from the red cross on which was the sign of the Crusaders.

This phenomenon should make one careful when dating the polemical material of a work. I looked 1 The monastery of Saint Catherine?

Finding libraries that hold this item It had five horns; and it consumed the four corners of the world. Volume 9 Issue Jahresband Janpp.