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Legend of Abgar

(4 bc — 7 ad)


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According to tradition, Abgar V, King of Edessa (4 bc–ad 7 and 13–50),

being ill, wrote to Christ asking Him to visit and heal him; in reply Christ promised that, after His Ascension, He would send a disciple to cure the king and preach the Gospel to his people. In Eusebius the letter is followed by an account of the mission of Thaddeus, who heals the king and converts many of the inhabitants of the city. According to the ‘Pilgrimage of Egeria’, Christ's letter was preserved at Edessa.

Subjects: Christianity.


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