after whom the nickname ‘Jacobite’ was given to the Syrian Orthodox Church. He spent 15 years at Constantinople. When the Monophysite king of the Ghassanids asked for a bishop c.542, Jacob was secretly consecrated Bp. of Edessa; he spent the rest of his life clandestinely ordaining clergy and helping to establish a separate hierarchy. Feast day in the Syrian Orthodox Church, 31 July.
Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).