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Cosmas Melodus

Cosmas was adopted by the father of St. John of Damascus, and educated by a monk also named Cosmas. Cosmas the younger became Bishop of Maļuma in 735. He is remembered for his poetry in hon... [more]


According to the Bible (Genesis 15:2-3) he was a servant of Abram/Abraham (traditionally ca. 1838-1613 BCE) and probably was adopted by him in accordance with a fairly common middle eastern... [more]

Ephraim and Manasseh

According to the Bible these two sons of the patriarch Joseph and his wife Asenath (daughter of the Egyptian priest Potiphera), were born during his period as governor of Egypt and before t... [more]


According to the Bible (Esther 2:7), she was orphaned and either adopted or fostered (scholars are unclear about how to interpret the text) by her uncle (or cousin), Mordecai. She is fam... [more]

Jesus Christ

According to the Biblical accounts and orthodox Christian tradition, Jesus was not the biological son of Joseph the Carpenter , but literally the son of God. He was referred to by his cont... [more]

Joseph the Carpenter

The genealogies given for St. Joseph in the Biblical gospels of Luke (chapter 3) and Matthew (chapter 1) appear to contradict each other. According to Matthew his father was Jacob, while... [more]

Mary the Virgin

According to tradition and the apocryphal Gospel of the Birth of Mary, she was placed in the Temple at Jerusalem by her parents at the age of three (see Oblates ) and stayed there until he... [more]


According to the Bible (Exodus 1-2) Moses was fostered or adopted after his mother, Jochebed, placed him in a basket on the Nile (compare Maui and Romulus and Remus ) to escape an edict ... [more]


According to the Bible (1 Samuel 1-2) Samuel was the son of Elkanah and Hannah and was sent to live with the priest Eli in the Temple in Jerusalem when he was a toddler (see Oblates ). He ... [more]

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