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Headword: Νικόλαος
Adler number: nu,392
Translated headword: Nikolaos, Nicholas
Vetting Status: high
[Bishop][1] of Myra[2] in Lycia, an ardent Christian and zealous priest, who spoke very freely with God. This man did not [merely] write to the emperor Constantine[3] but appeared to him in dreams, and saved three soldiers condemned to death as a result of some slanderer, when he had received their request for help in prayers. He also snatched some other soldiers from death in a similar manner; and he does not cease up to the present day to rescue those who invoke his intercession from every kind of necessity.
Greek Original:
Νικόλαος, Μύρων τῆς Λυκίας, ὁ διάπυρος τῶν Χριστιανῶν καὶ ζηλωτὴς ἱερεύς, ὁ πολλὴν ἔχων πρὸς τὸν θεὸν παρρησίαν. οὗτος οὐκ ἔγραψε μέν, ἐν ὀνείροις δ' ἐπιστὰς τῷ βασιλεῖ Κωνσταντίνῳ, καὶ τρεῖς στρατηλάτας ἔκ τινος διαβόλου κατακριθέντας τὴν ἐπὶ θανάτῳ ἐρρύσατο, παράκλησιν δι' εὐχῆς παρ' αὐτῶν δεξάμενος, καὶ ἄλλους δέ τινας στρατιώτας ὁμοίως ἐκ θανάτου ἐξήρπασε: καὶ οὐ παύεται μέχρι τῆς σήμερον τοὺς τὴν πρεσβείαν αὐτοῦ ἐπικαλουμένους ἀπὸ πάσης ἀνάγκης λυτρούμενος.
The famous Saint Nicholas (died 6 December, 345 or 352), to whom many legendary deeds have been attributed. See Catholic Encyclopedia entry at web address 1. The source of the present entry's material cannot be determined.
[1] The word 'bishop' does not appear in any of the mss but is clearly required by the many analogous entries.
[2] Myra: mu 1431.
[3] On whom see generally kappa 2284, kappa 2285.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; daily life; dreams; ethics; geography; history; law; military affairs; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 27 November 2002@14:21:32.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, added keywords, set status) on 27 November 2002@17:23:23.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 20 August 2003@01:11:54.
David Whitehead (modified translation at one point; augmented notes) on 21 August 2003@05:28:54.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 3 October 2005@10:02:07.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaking) on 9 June 2013@08:33:31.


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