Stephen



noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. c35, first Christian martyr.
2.
Saint, c975–1038, first king of Hungary 997–1038.
3.
(Stephen of Blois) 1097?–1154, king of England 1135–54.
4.
Sir Leslie, 1832–1904, English critic, biographer, and philosopher.
5.
a male given name.
noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 257? pope 254–257.
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1.
died a.d. 757, pope 752–757.
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died a.d. 772, pope 768–772.
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1.
died a.d. 817, pope 816–817.
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1.
died a.d. 891, pope 885–891.
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1.
died a.d. 897, pope 896–897.
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1.
died a.d. 931, pope 928–931.
Stephen VIII
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died a.d. 942, pope 939–942.
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1.
died 1058, pope 1057–58.
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?1097–1154, king of England (1135–54); grandson of William the Conqueror. He seized the throne on the death of Henry I, causing civil war with Henry’s daughter Matilda. He eventually recognized her son (later Henry II) as his successor
2.
Saint. died ?35 ad, the first Christian martyr. Feast day: Dec 26 or 27
3.
Saint, Hungarian name István. ?975–1038 ad, first king of Hungary as Stephen I (997–1038). Feast day: Aug 16 or 20
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Sir Leslie. 1832–1904, English biographer, critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography; father of the novelist Virginia Woolf
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one of the seven deacons, who became a preacher of the gospel. He was the first Christian martyr. His personal character and history are recorded in Acts 6. “He fell asleep” with a prayer for his persecutors on his lips (7:60). Devout men carried him to his grave (8:2). It was at the feet of the young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, that those who stoned him laid their clothes (comp. Deut. 17:5-7) before they began their cruel work. The scene which Saul then witnessed and the words he heard appear to have made a deep and lasting impression on his mind (Acts 22:19, 20). The speech of Stephen before the Jewish ruler is the first apology for the universalism of the gospel as a message to the Gentiles as well as the Jews. It is the longest speech contained in the Acts, a place of prominence being given to it as a defence.

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