IOANE-ZOSIME (10th century). Georgian religious writer, hymnographer and translator. He was active in the Monastery of Mar Saba in Palestine, and moved to a monastery on the Mount Sinai in the early 970s. He composed a large body of work, including but not limited to an encyclopedic compilation of several liturgical compositions, two major chronologic treatises, and a testament in which reading the first and last letter of each strophe gives us the saint’s name “Giorgi” (St. George, patron saint of Georgia). In his most famous hymn “Praise and Exaltation of the Georgian Language” ( Kebai da didebai kartulisa enisai), the author reveals himself as a major proponent of native language and culture. The hymn itself is a mystical poem, full of numerological symbolism and biblical allusion, which praises Georgian as the language worthy to convey the divine message during the Second Coming.