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Mekhitar of Ayrivank (Armenian: Մխիթար Այրիվանեցի Mxitʿar Ayrivanecʿi) (1230/35 – 1297/1300) was an Armenian monk, or vardapet, at the "Cave-Monastery",[1] modern Geghard. He is best known for his list of history of the world. He preserves in his writings a list of canonical and non-canonical books by John the Deacon (1044–1129).[2][3] His canon also includes works such as the Third Epistle to the Corinthians.[4]

Some of his sacred music can be found on collections of Armenian sacred music, such as Joyous light Isabel Bayrakdarian, CBC.


  1. ^ Ayrivank (վանք, vank means monastery)
  2. ^ Michael E. Stone Selected studies in pseudepigrapha and apocrypha with special ... 1991 p58 "A list of Biblical books attributed to John the Deacon (1044/5-1129) has been preserved among the writings of the thirteenth- century Armenian writer, Mechitar of Ayrivank' (1222-1307).
  3. ^ M. E. STONE, Armenian Canon Lists III — The Lists of Mechitar of Ayrivank; in HTR 69 (1976), 289-300.
  4. ^ Vahan Hovhanessian Third Corinthians: reclaiming Paul for Christian orthodoxy 2000 p202 "... in the Armenian Church include 3 Cor in their canons.87 Mechitar of Ayrivank', a 13th century father of the Armenian Church, includes 3 Cor in his canon of the Bible.88 There are two manuscripts attributed to Mechitar of Ayrivank' "