St Stephen 26 December 2017 -2

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Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello Date circa 1435

Stephen /ˈstvən/ (Greek: Στέφανος Stéphanos, meaning “wreath, crown” and by extension “reward, honor”, often given as a title rather than as a name), (c. AD 5 – c. AD 34) traditionally venerated as the Protomartyr or first martyr of Christianity,[1] was according to the Acts of the Apostles a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem who aroused the enmity of members of various synagogues by his teachings. Accused of blasphemy, at his trial he made a long speech denouncing the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgment on him and was then stoned to death. His martyrdom was witnessed by Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee who would later himself become a follower of Jesus and known as Paul the Apostle.

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Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello Date circa 1435


Source: Saint Stephen
Image Paolo Uccello [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons