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Re: Saints of the Day 3.August

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"John B. Wickstrom" <[log in to unmask]>

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Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture <[log in to unmask]>

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

It seems likely that Nicodemus is the putative author of "the Gospel of N"
that described Christ's  descent into "hell" because he, along with Joseph
of Arimathaea assisted in the burial of Jesus (Jn. 19,39).
Along the same theme, it was pointed out to me the other day that the Nicene
Creed does not contain the phrase: "he descended into hell". It is found in
the Apostle's Creed. This led to some research and I discovered to my
surprise that the Apostle's Creed is the later of the two creeds (I had
assumed it was the earlier, being shorter, but it apparently has a separate
line of development.) The idea of Christ descending into hell does not
appear in versions of the AC before about 400. This is in accord with the
usual rule that events in the life of Christ (and the saints) are
increasingly elaborated as time went on.
jw

-----Original Message-----
From: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Marjorie Greene
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 7:30 PM
To: John Wickstrom
Subject: Saints of the Day 3.August


medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

 Today (3. August) is the feast day of:

 Lydia of Thyatira (or Lydia Purpuraria) (1st cent.)
 Lydia was a dealer in
 purple dye.  When Paul visited Philippi in
 Macedonia, she became his very
 first convert in Europe.

 Gamaliel (1st cent.)  Gamaliel was a Jewish lawyer
 who appears twice in
 Acts, teaching Paul and helping Peter & John.
 Legend makes him a convert
 to Christianity.  His purported relics were found
 near Jerusalem in 415.

 Nicodemus (also 1st cent.; it's a good day for
 1st-cent. saints) Nicodemus
 appears in John's gospel as a secret follower of
 Jesus.  He and Joseph of
 Arimathaea together took Jesus from the cross and
 buried him.  For some
 reason the apocryphal gospel that tells of Christ's
 harrowing of hell was
 attributed to N.  According to tradition he was
 martyred.  His supposed
 relics were founded along with those of Gamaliel.

 Aspren (2d cent.?)  Tradition tells that Aspren was
 the first bishop of
 Naples.  Legend improved on his probable late
 second-century date, telling
 that A. was healed, baptized, and ordained by St.
 Peter.

 Euphronius of Autun (d. c. 475)  Euphronius was
 bishop of Autun from 460
 until his death.  He is reputed as one of the
 greatest bishops of Gaul in
 the unsettled fifth century.

 Benno of Einsiedeln (d. 940)  Benno was a canon of
 Strassburg, but then
 settled at St. Meinrad's former hermitage in
 Switzerland.  This was the
 beginning of the monastery of Einsiedeln.  Benno was
 a noted early
 reformer; in 927 he became bishop of Metz, but his
 new subordinates
 resented his zeal and attacked and blinded him.  B.
 went back to Einsiedeln
 after that.

 Peter of Anagni (d. 1105)  A native of Salerno,
 Peter became a Benedictine
 and in 1062 was made bishop of Anagni.  He took part
 in the First Crusade
 and was papal legate to Constantinople.  He was
 canonized only four years
 after his death, so I hope he was more impressive
 than he sounds.

Dr. Phyllis Jestice

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