St. Stephen -protomartyr


St Stephen Biography
Saint (d. c. 36)

Acts 7:54-60 New International Version (NIV)

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Synopsis

St. Stephen is a recognized saint in many Christian theologies, and is considered to be the first Christian martyr. According to the fifth book of the Bible’s New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles, Stephen was denounced for blasphemy after a dispute with members of a Jewish synagogue circa the year 36. According to Chapters 6 and 7 of the Book of Acts, he was condemned and stoned to death—the scene of which was depicted in Dutch artist Rembrandt’s “The Stoning of Saint Stephen.” Today, Western Christians annually celebrate “St. Stephen’s Day” on December 26.


Citation Information

Article Title St Stephen Biography

Author Biography.com Editors

Website Name The Biography.com website

URL https://www.biography.com/people/st-stephen-9493800

Access Date December 26, 2018

Publisher A&E Television Networks

Last Updated April 2, 2014

Original Published Date April 2, 2014


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