SAN ESTEBAN + ST ETIENNE + SAINT STEPHEN: Luis de Morales (1509–1586), oil on panel, 1575, PRADO, MADRID

Published December 27, 2013 by goyodelarosa
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Stephen (Koine Greek: Στέφανος, Stephanos; sometimes spelled “Stephan”), the first martyr of Christianity, was, according to theActs 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 fiercely denouncing the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgement on him and was stoned to death. His martyrdom was witnessed by Saul of Tarsus (later renamed Paul), a Pharisee who would later convert to Christianity and become an apostle.

The only primary source for information about Stephen is the New Testament book Acts of the Apostles.[1] Stephen was one of the Greek-speaking Hellenistic Jews selected for a fairer distribution of welfare to the Greek speaking widows in Acts 6.[2]

Stephen is venerated as a saint in the CatholicAnglicanLutheran,[3] Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Stephen’s name is derived from the Greek language Stephanos, meaning “crown”. Traditionally, Stephen is invested with a crown of martyrdom; he is often depicted in art with three stones and the martyr’s palm. In Eastern Christian iconography, he is shown as a young, beardless man with a tonsure, wearing a deacon’s vestments, and often holding a miniature church building or a censer.

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[show]Luis de Morales (1509–1586) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q703250
English: St Stephen
Español: San Esteban
Date 1575
Medium oil on panel
Dimensions Height: 67 cm (26.4 in). Width: 50 cm (19.7 in).
Accession number P07117
Source/Photographer Web Gallery of Art:  Inkscape.svg Image Information icon.svg Info about artwork

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