Death of Armenian Monk Saint Mesrop Mashtots

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Saint Mesrop Mashtots dies. An Armenian monk, Mesrop Mashtots played an key role in the development of Christianity in Armenia.

For a long time Mesrop Mashtots was coadjutor-bishop with Patriarch Sahak whom he then succeeded in 440. He worked to eliminate all traces of Syriac institutions in Armenian society and even created a 36-character Armenian alphabet which was adopted in 406. It was then used to translate the New Testament and Proverbs from Greek into Armenian; this "Mesropian" Bible was published c. 410.

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