Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

ISBN-10: 1602586349
ISBN-13: 9781602586345
Edition: 2012
Authors: Adam C. English
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Description: "With his rosy cheeks and matching red suitand ever-present elf and reindeer companionsSanta Claus may be the most identifiable of fantastical characters. But what do we really know of jolly old Saint Nicholas, ""patron saint"" of Christmastime? Ask  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 242
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

"With his rosy cheeks and matching red suitand ever-present elf and reindeer companionsSanta Claus may be the most identifiable of fantastical characters. But what do we really know of jolly old Saint Nicholas, ""patron saint"" of Christmastime? Ask about the human behind the suit, and the tale we know so well quickly fades into myth and folklore.In The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, religious historian Adam English tells the true and compelling tale of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance became a man revered for his many virtues. Chief among them was dealing generously with his possessions, once lifting an entire family out of poverty with a singleand secretgift of gold, so legend tells. Yet he was much more than virtuous. As English reveals, Saint Nicholas was of integral influence in events that would significantly impact the history and development of the Christian church, including the Council of Nicaea, the destruction of the temple to Artemis in Myra, and a miraculous rescue of three falsely accused military officers. And Nicholas became the patron saint of children and sailors, merchants and thieves, as well as France, Russia, Greece, and myriad others.Weaving together the best historical and archaeological evidence available with the folklore and legends handed down through generations, English creates a stunning image of this much venerated Christian saint. With prose as enjoyable as it is informative, he shows why the lifeand deathof Nicholas of Myra so radically influenced the formation of Western history and Christian thought, and did so in ways many have never realized."

Adam C. English (Ph.D., Baylor University) is an associate professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He has published articles and book reviews in Christian Ethics Today, Perspectives in Religious Studies and the Journal of Church and State. English is an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition and the author of The Possibility of Christian Philosophy (Rutledge, 2007).

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Finding St. Nicholas
Out of a Dying World Comes a Light
Three Gifts and One Election
The Work of Victory
Riots; Beheadings, and Other Near Misfortunes
Death Is Only the Beginning
Notes
Recommended Reading
Index

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