Bishop iohane from khirbat Umm Leisun and the caucucasian alblbanian church

Yana Tchekhanovets*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article offers another interpretation of the Umm Leisun inscription in light of the history of the Caucasian Church. It is suggested that Iohane, 'the bishop of Purtavi,' be interpreted as 'the bishop of Partav', thus implying that the person who was buried in the Umm Leisun monastery was a native of the Kartli kingdom, but had served far away from his country, in Albania. This can also explain the large number of deceased buried in the monastery crypt, plausibly members of the Albanian community, who desired to be buried near their shepherd.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtiqot
PublisherIsrael Antiquities Authority
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9789654065313
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0792-8424


  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Caucasian history
  • Christianity
  • Epigraphy
  • Etymology
  • Georgia
  • Georgian church
  • Georgian epigraphy
  • Georgian language
  • Jerusalem
  • Monastery
  • Monastic life
  • Paleography
  • Peter the iberian


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