MOSES, bishop of Aw Sim (c. 750) in the time of Patriarch KHA’IL (744-767). He promoted the election of Kha’il and, along with him and other laity and bishops, endured repeated incarceration for resistance to taxes (see TAXATION and FUGITIVES). He worked zealously in protracted discussions between the Coptic and the Melchite church leaders at Alexandria, while advising a peaceful resolution. He was considered a blessed, spiritual man, endowed with the gift of prophecy. Under the succeeding patriarch, Mina (767-774), he appears as a defender of the holy places against official encroachment. He was the comforter of his fellow sufferers in confinement and acted in a pastoral capacity by writing a letter to the patriarch and all the members of his church in which he admonished them to keep the Sabbath holy.
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