St. Addai, also called Thaddeus, is believed to be one of the 70 (or 72) apostles sent out by Jesus to the places he intended to visit, as described in Luke 10. The Doctrine of Addai, the Apostle tells the story of how Addai was sent to King Abgar in Edessa. King Abgar, who was afflicted with a disease, had heard of the miracles of Jesus and sent a messenger with a letter asking Jesus to come and heal him. According to this account, Jesus sent a verbal reply back with the messenger, promising that after he had gone to his Father in heaven, he would send one of his disciples to cure him. After Christ had ascended, Judas Thomas chose Addai to go to Edessa. This text goes on to tell of how Addai cured the King, and relates the story of Edessa’s conversion to Christianity through Addai’s ministry.
Editor and translator George Phillips includes the original Syriac text, and an English translation along with notes. He also speaks to the debate about the authenticity, historicity, and authorship of the text, which has been under scrutiny.
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- Provides the complete Syriac text with an English translation
- Includes a context-establishing preface and helpful notes
- Offers an account of Addai the Apostle’s mission to Edessa
- Title: The Doctrine of Addai, the Apostle
- Author: Addai of Edessa
- Translator: George Phillips
- Publisher: Trubner and Company
- Publication Date: 1876
- Pages: 132
About Addai of Edessa
Addai of Edessa, also called Thaddeus, is believed to be one of the 70 (or 72) apostles sent out by Jesus. He is venerated as a Saint in the Orthodox Church.
About George Phillips
George Phillips was president of Queen’s College, Cambridge.