Bardesanes

Bardesanes

(bärdəsā`nēz), 154?–222?, Christian philosopher and poet of Syria, missionary among the Armenians. Conflicting traditions report him both as defender of the faith against various Gnostic sects and as a heretic and founder of Bardesanism.
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For instance, the Christian Bardesanes in early third-century eastern Syria mentioned the fact that people come in different colours as an example of what everyone agreed was inconsequential.
degrees both in Classical Philology (with a thesis on Bardesanes of Edessa's writings on India, published in 1999) and in Religious Studies (2005) at the University of Vienna.
The Book oF the Laws of Regions, also called On Fate, is ascribed to Bardesanes, who prior to his death in A.
However, out of fairness I should say that Martin's analysis of other second-century material--for example, his analysis of some Syriac fragments of a Bardesanes text--is well done.