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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:56 am 
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There is more than one Saint Iosaphat. There are seven Iosapaphat mentioned in the bible, so there are seven St Ioaspaphat recognised and celebrated by the Greek Orthodox tradition (alone). So the saint in question (the Rusian saint) may not necessarily be named after the specific St. Iosaphat Son of the Indian King Avenir. This is why there is a epithet attached to the name, to distinguish which Iosaphat is pictured in the icon and is being celebrated.

For example I am named Gregory, right? I am named after Saint Gregory the Theologian of Cappadocia (Nazianzou, to be exact), he is celebrated on the 25th of January according to the Greek Orthodox tradition. But there are another 40 Saint Gregory recognised by the Orthodox tradition and celebrated on different days.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:29 pm 
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Ah, that's quite complex isn't it?

Thank you for answering the question.

40 Saint Gregory's?

It must be hard to keep track of them all.

I recently read an article where I discovered and learned how important Greek Orthodox is to the Greek Culture.

It seems almost like a very interesting culture in that way.

Thank you for the information, that helps clear up that question.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:35 pm 
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Ah, here we go, I found what you are talking about.

The correct wiki article is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlaam_and_Josaphat

Quite interesting actually.

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