American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An ancient city of Mesopotamia on the site of present-day Urfa in southeast Turkey. A major Christian center after the third century A.D., it was conquered by the Arabs in 639 and was captured by Crusaders in 1097.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of pentatomid bugs, typical of a subfamily Edessinæ. Over 100 species are known, of which more than 40 inhabit North America; only one is found in the United States. The genus was founded by Fabricius in 1803.
- From Ancient Greek Ἔδεσσα (Edessa). (Wiktionary)
“St. Ephrem took refuge in Edessa where he lived until his death in 373, porbably on June 9th (although alternative dates have been recorded, including June 18th).”
“Edessa is best represented by Fulcherius Carnotensis, or of”
“He fought against the heresies of Marcion, Arius and others and most of his works were written during his time in Edessa.”
“By the time Europeans had settled in places like Antioch, Edessa and Jerusalem, they were essentially petty warlords on the fringes of what was a frontier society, contested by Sunni Muslims from Baghdad, Shi'i Muslims from Cairo and Greek Christians from Constantinople, among others.”
“In the ensuing years, Edessa became a prominent and economically successful city.”
“Edessa was founded in 303 or 302 B.C. and named after the old capital of Macedonia.”
“Edessa was originally a Greek city and even after its people were converted to Christianity, imagery from classical mythology, including depictions of Amazons, remained popular.”
“The Turkish city of Şanliurfa (ancient Edessa) is surrounded by desert bounded by the Taurus Mountains to the north, the Euphrates River to the east, and Syria to the south.”
“There is a legend involving the Image of Edessa, named after the ancient Turkish city of Edessa, which is modern-day Urfa.”
“The man in the Shroud, the Cloth of Edessa, and the various images we have of the Mandylion in Greek Orthodox churches look a lot alike.”
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