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Mar 'Eliya Abunaof Alqosh (* 18621955 in Kirkuk) was a Bishop of the Autocephalous "Apostolic Church of the East " and Chaldean Catholic Church.


Giwargis (Georg) d'Abuna Beth came as the last name says, the house, in which up to the first generation after unification of the "Patriarchate of the level" with the Pope in Rome, the office of Catholicos-Patriarch of the "Church of the East" based in Alqosh heredity had been. He visited the Chaldean Catholic seminary in Mosul and was 1887 or 1888 in the Chaldean Catholic Church on priest doomed. Thereafter, he worked in various places before 1908 in the rural Alqosh returned to the main group of Chaldean Catholics, was a herdsman from the upper old family patriarch coveted. On 2 May 1909 was Giwargis by Catholicos Patriarch- Mar Shimun XXI. Village in Qudshanis to the Metropolitan s of Alqosh ordained and took the official name of the Alqosh-old patriarch, Mar Eliya (Elijah), an. He could, however, on which he claimed not establish bishopric and returned to Qudshanis back. 1912 Mar Shimun entrusted him XXI. with the Diocese Taimar, the area around Van in today's eastern Turkey. There he joined in January 1916 as a companion of the Catholicos-Patriarch in his negotiations with the Russians, and then apparently took on the expulsion of the Assyrian mountain tribes in the level of Urmia part. After the cowardly killing of Shimun XXI. He directed the burial of the deceased on 6 March 1918 jul. in the cemetery of the Armenian Church of Khosroabad (Khosrova) and belonged to the Co-Konsekratoren Mar Polos Shimun XXII. on 14 April 1918 jul. in Urmia. In October 1920 he signed the instrument of appointment of Mar Abimalek Timothy from India to the Supervisor of innocents abroad Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Shimun XXIII.

The following year he revertierte the Chaldean Catholic Church and was the 1924-Patriarchal Vicar for the diocese Aqra ordered, this service was, however, after less than two years again. The following three decades until his death in 1955, he spent Alqosh and elsewhere in the company of his relatives.


Eliya Abuna authored a series of books: A History of the Eastern Patriarchs in two volumes, one in neusyrischer language, the second in classical Syriac (Harvard College Library, Library Hougton Syriac MS 182 and 183) and an astronomical treatise in Arabic (Hougton Arabic Library MS 394). The historic church will now work through Hermis Aboona has been published.


From the early 1920s, in: JF Coakley:The Church of the East since 1914. In: Bulletin of the John Rylands Library of Manchester 78, 3 (1996) 184.


  • JF Coakley: Mar Elia Aboonaand the history of the East Syrian Patriarchates. In: Oriens Christianus 85 (2001) 119-138.
  • Jean Maurice Fiey:Pour un Oriens Christianus Novus. Répertoire des Diocèse syriaques orientaux et occidentaux.Steiner, Stuttgart 1993, 51f. ISBN 3-515-05718-8

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