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3.7 Cities of God: Edessa Starts with the Abgar Score

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 30, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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In Edessa—the borderlands of the Empire—we make our first encounter with Syriac Christianity. Its origins are shrouded in mist, and within the mist we meet the indistinct figures of heretics, saints, and a king who is both historic and mythic.


Labubna, Acts of Addaeus (Addai),

Various, Extracts from Various Books Concerning Abgar the King and Addaeus the Apostle

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Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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