The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus Hardback

The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

by Adam C. English;

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The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus

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"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."

The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus by Adam C. English was published by Baylor University Press in November 2012. The ISBN for The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus is 9781602586345.

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Details for The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus

Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (November 2012)
Number of Pages242
Thickness21 mm
Height215 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code4033520
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