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Epistle of Christ to Abgar
Epistles of Christ and Abgar
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Abgar, Epistle of Christ to
ABGAR, EPISTLE OF CHRIST TO. This correspondence consists of two letters, one from Abgar V Ukkama “the Black,” toparch of Edessa to Jesus of Nazareth, and Jesus’ reply. Both are pseudepigraphic. The earliest surviving versions of this apocryphal epistle, which appear in Eusebius’ Hist. Eccl. 1.13.6–10
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Abgar, Epistle of Jesus To
Abgar, Epistle of Jesus to. Avery brief, spurious document that claims to be a letter sent by Jesus to King Abgar V of Edessa, who died in the year 50. In it he promises that, after his ascension, he will send the king one of his disciples. It was highly venerated among Syrian Christians who considered
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Abgar, Epistles of Christ And
Abgar, Epistles of Christ and ab′gahr, ab′guh-ruhs. Also Abgarus or Abagarus. Two short apocryphal letters preserved in Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. 1.13, in the context of a legend which he claims to have translated himself from Syriac documents in the archives of Edessa). Abgar V, king of Edessa (d. a.d.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ABGARUS, EPISTLES OF CHRIST AND
ABGARUS, EPISTLES OF CHRIST AND. An apocryphal exchange with the Edessan king in a narrative preserved independently in Eusebius’ Church History, the Doctrine of Addai, and Greek papyri. Jesus responds to Abgar’s request for healing that he will send a disciple after he has been taken up.F. STANLEY