Abdisho (Syriac: ʰbhedhišoʰ), a member of the Church of the East, was a deacon and martyr.

He was imprisoned with Bishop Heliodorus of Bet Zabdai in Mesopotamia by order of Shapur II. Following the deaths of bishop Dausa and 275 companions at Masabadan, Abdisho, who despite the stroke of the sword remained alive, continued to preach the gospel and bury the martyrs. He stayed at the place where all the martyrs were killed during thirty days. He prayed there and taught the other villagers how to save their souls through true faith. He was captured by the lord of the village and was held in chains for 4 days. All that time the lord tried to make him abandon his faith and stop teaching the others to be alive. Abdisho denied to obey and was sentenced to death by the mayor of the village in 345.[1]

Deacon and martyr
Diedca. 345
Venerated inChurch of the East


  1. ^ The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (AD 226-363): A Documentary History Retrieved on 13 Feb 2018

External links

  • Holweck, F. G. A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1924.
  • Michael H. Dodgeon; Samuel N. C. Lieu, eds. (1991). The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (AD 226-363): A Documentary History. London and New York: Psychology Press. p. 218.

See also

Abda and Abdjesus

Abdisho (disambiguation)

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