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Founder of the church at Edessa. He was allegedly one of the seventy disciples of Jesus sent to King Abgar V Ukkama by the Apostle Thomas after the Ascension. Eusebius records the legend and calls Addai “Thaddaeus.” The Syriacwas published in 1876. The conversion of King Abgar IX (179-216) points more reliably to evangelism at Edessa, possibly in the late second century, by a Jewish Christian Addai (Baus, Handbook of Church History, vol. 1, p.207).
See Abgar, Legend of.