Abyat
ID:
 
1579
 
Region:
 
Beth Garmay
 
Religious Titles:
 

Abyat was a "daughter of the covenant", meaning that she devoted herself to asceticism at a young age. Daughters and sons of the covenant held a special position in Syriac Christian communities. For more details, see Asceticism in the Church of Syria: The Hermeneutics of Early Syrian Monasticism.

 
Literary Works:
 

Abyat's death is preserved in the Persian Martyr Acts. Bedjan has collected these accounts in Acta martyrum et sanctorum. This collection includes accounts of martyrs in the Sasanid Empire spanning from the third to the seventh century.

It was not until the fourth and fifth centuries that intense instances of persecution flared up. All major outbreaks of persecution occurred when the Sasanids and Romans were at war with one another. Sasanid rulers suspected Christians of harboring pro-Roman sympathies. Sasanids did not slay entire communities, instead they targeted community leaders and high-ranking Zoroastrians who had converted to Christianity.

Although many of the Persian Martyr Acts have not been translated into English, there is an attempt to translate and publish all of them in the Persian martyr acts in Syriac : text and translation series.

 
Brief Profile:
 

Abyat was put to death under King Shapur along with NULL and NULL.