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Johannes III, Bishop of Pachoras

X/XI Centuries
John III's tenure as bishop of Faras overlaps with that of Peter I, suggesting some kind of schism in the Nubian church. He was a contemporary of the Egyptian ruler al-Aziz, who was happily married to a Greek and under her influence advanced the "melchite" (Eastern/Chalcedonian) Orthodox cause throughout the Near East. Because of this, some (but not all) modern scholars believe that John was Eastern Orthodox, as opposed to miaphysite, as were his disciples and successors in the next generation, Marianus and Mercurius. Control of the see thereafter oscillated between melchites and miaphysites until the cathedral was abandoned around 1200.

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