St. Mesrob Mashtotz
Mesrop, who is also called Mashtotz, was born c. 361/62 Hatsek in Tarawn,
Armenia. He was a soldier and secretary to the king before he became a
monk. Interested in limiting Syrian influence in Armenia, he developed an
alphabet for Armenian and translated the New Testament and Proverbs into
his native language. He was responsible for having the liturgy and other
Christian works translated as well. An opponent of the teaching of
Theodore of Mopsuestia, Mesrop was a missionary in Georgia and is thought
to have developed the Georgian alphabet as well. On the death of St. Isaac
the Great in 438, Mesrop was elected to succeed him as Catholicos, an
office he held until his death c. 440.
Karen Rae Keck
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