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Abgar, Epistle of Christ to

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012


Els Rose

The story of King Abgar of Edessa who received a letter from Jesus is told for the first time by Eusebius, who mentions a Syriac charter as its source (Hist. eccl. i.13). The king, severely ill, asks Jesus in a letter to heal him. Jesus responds with praises of the king’s faith and the promise to send a disciple. After the Ascension, Jesus indeed sends Thaddeus (Addai), one of the 70 disciples, to Edessa in order to heal the king.…

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