Although little is known about his early life, he was one of the leading figures in Syria in the 7th century. He taught at the Theological School of Nisibis. In 612, he left the post because of a doctrinal dispute with the Syriac Church of the East. He was a member of the Syriac Orthodox Church. He was a resident of the Monastery of Kennesrin, which was situated near the banks of the Euphrates. His student Jacob of Edessa (d. 708), the major representative of “Christian Hellenism".
He was perhaps the first Syrian to mention the Indian number system.
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