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Prayers To The Saints Originated With The Jews, Not The Pagans

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Not David, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. Not David

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    it's also in Maccabees.
     
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  3. Antoni

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    Yes. Surprised Maccabees wasn’t mentioned in that article regarding the Judaic practice of praying to departed Saints for their intercessions.
     
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    The Old Testament was a gradual revelation regarding God and His Kingdom, and thus we see that by the time of the first century, the Oral Tradition (Torah) and practices of the pious traditional Jews (specifically, the Pharisees) believed in prayers of intercession by the holy departed. It was Christ’s advent and subsequent teachings and sending of the Holy Spirit from the Father whereby the truth and power of this is validated and further revealed. Most notable episode in His ministry occured in the Transfiguration, where Christ is discussing with Moses and Elijah the coming event of His death and resurrection.
     
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    This also ties in with intercessory prayers by the angels and the heavenly ministers of God, found in the OT (most notably off the top of my head: the Psalms and Tobit.)
     
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