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Legend of Abgar

(4 bc — 7 ad)

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Addai

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The traditional founder of the Church at Edessa. In Syriac tradition he was one of the 72 (or 70) disciples of Lk. 10: 1. According to the Doctrine of Addai he was sent by St Thomas the...

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Doctrine of Addai

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A Syriac writing which describes how King Abgar was brought into contact with Christ and Addai was sent from Edessa to convert him. In its present form it dates from the early 5th cent. and...

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Edessa

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Hellenistic capital; cradle of Syriac Christianity, it rose to be Syria’s most important see before seizure by the Arabs c.640. Captured by the Byzantines in 944, it became the centre ...

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Lucius

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Christianity.

1 a mythical king of Britain, supposed to have been the first to receive Christianity: see Spenser, The Faerie Queene (ii. x. 53);

2 Lucius (Iberius) is...

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Thaddaeus

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

An apostle named in Matthew 10:3 who is traditionally identified with St Jude.

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