Lazarus of Bethany
Lazarus (Lazaros in Greek, Eleazaros in Hebrew) means “God has helped”… Among the mourners in Bethany are two women visited by Jesus in another Gospel (Luke 10:38-42): Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters… The raising of Lazarus has been depicted by dozens of artists, including Rembrandt and Van Gogh… Christian legends not found in the Bible say Lazarus later wound up variously in Syria, Constantinople and France. Ancient churches in the last two places each claimed to have his remains, and some even believe he was the first bishop of Marseilles… An obscure third saint by the same name is St. Lazarus Zographos, a 9th-century monk and painter… In the 20th century, a chain of U.S. department stores was also named Lazarus, after its founding family.
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