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The son of a Jewish doctor who became a Christian, Abul Faraj, better known as Bar Hebrĉus (1226- 1286), studied medicine at Antioch and Tripoli before he became a bishop in the Jacobite church. He took the name Gregorius and is also known as Gregorius Al-Ibri. In 1264, he was elevated to the metropolitanate of the East and lived at the monastery of Mar Mattai near Mosul. A follower of Avicenna, Faraj authored Biblical exegesis and commentary on Aristotle, as well as a grammar and an autobiography. He wrote a Granary of Mysteries and The Cream of Science. His history of the world from the Creation to his present is, for modern scholars, a source of reliable information about the Middle East from X-XIII Centuries.
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