Where does the name "Nisibis" come from?

Nisibis was the ancient city near the border between Turkey and Syria that has a fascinating history related to the interplay between “faith and the arts”. Hence, Nisibis was the home of the celebrated Ephrem the Syrian, the 4th century poet and artist of renown.
An excavated church in Nisibis

Nisibis also played a strategic role in the peaceful Christian-Muslim interaction during the first five hundred years of Islam.  Interestingly, the city’s cathedral, prior to Islam, was known for its five porticos (see our logo), which assumed all the greater meaning when Islam came into existence in the region, due to Islam’s five pillars. 

Nisibis was also the See of the Nestorian Church (also called the Assyrian Church of the East) that was ostracized and banned by the so-called “orthodox” Christians. The Nestorians were known to travel with their faith, using great artistic creativity in their communications. They went all the way to China, where they established “Christian pagodas”. 
                                                                          
Nisibis therefore became the base for religious groups whose views were considered                     An excavated church in Nisibis
"heretical" at the time….in other words, those who stretched people’s faith boundaries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Nisibis….a historical legendary place…deeply rooted in peacemaking, pushing the boundaries of faith and the creative arts. 

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