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Christopher, Saint
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The earliest evidence for the veneration of a Christopher goes back to the year 452, when the honorific title Χριστόφορος/Christóphoros (“Christ-bearer”) first came into use as a proper name (ASS Nov. II/2, 396 no. 39). The Acts of Saint Christopher (BHG 309) date from the early 6th century. They apparently equate Christopher with Christianus, a dog-headed soldier saint from the Acts of Bartholomew, who was called Reprebos before his baptism and who came from the land of the cannibals. Early Byzantine iconography accordingly portrayed Christ…

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Markschies, Christoph, “Christopher, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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