- Thaddeus of Edessa
Thaddeus was one of the
Seventy Apostlesof Christ, not to be confused with Thaddeus of the Twelve Apostles.
Thaddeus of the Seventy Disciples (=Judas Jacobi?, or Judas Simon?) was born as a
According to Eusebius, it was he who instructed King Abgar in the
ChristianFaith and baptised him: "Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, under divine impulse sent Thaddeus, who was also numbered among the seventy disciples of Christ, to Edessa, as a preacher and evangelist of the teaching of Christ." ("Historia Ecclesiastica", I, xiii)
Pentecost, Thaddeus of the Seventy preached the Gospelin Mesopotamia, and built up the Church there, supported, as some hagiographies note, by the other Thaddeus, Jude the Brother of the Lord. He was martyred for his faith in the "Artaz region" in the year AD 50, according to an ancient Armenian tradition. But according to other sources he reposed peacefully in Edessa or Beirut in September 3, 44.
* [http://www.ukrainian-orthodoxy.org/saints/beauty/thadeusEng.htm Thaddeus, Apostle of the Seventy - some informations]
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