Dear Reader,

A blue check-marked Twitter handle was attacking one of the Apostles for antisemitism. These are her Tweets:

I replied:

Did you forget the bit where the Jews Stoned him to death? Read this Jewish commentary on the NT for a completely fair judgement by the very people who rejected Christ, and stoned Apostle Stephen the Protomartyr. Did you forget that Apostle Stephen the Protomartyr was Jewish himself?

‘The Jews in their hatred of St. Stephen lied about him to the people, but St. Stephen with his face illumined reminded the people of the miracles God had worked through him and even rebuked the Jews for killing the innocent Christ. The people were enraged by what they thought was blasphemy and ‘gnashed their teeth’ at Stephen. It was then that he saw his Christ in the heavens and declared it so. Hearing this, the Jews took him outside the city and stoned him to death, with his kinsman Saul (later St. Paul) holding their coats while they did it. Afar off on a hill was the Virgin Mary and St. John the Theologian who witnessed this first martyrdom for the Son of God and prayed for him while he was being stoned.’
https://orthodoxwiki.org/Apostle_Stephen_the_Protomartyr

Let’s look at our Hymns and why and how we remember him:
Troparion (Tone 4) [Holy Tradition]

O First Martyr and Apostle Of Christ,
Thou hadst fought the good fight.
And didst expose the perversion of the persecutors,
For when thou wast killed by stoning at the hands of wicked men,
Thou didst receive a crown from the right hand on high,
And didst cry out to God saying,
“O Lord do not charge this sin against them!”
Kontakion (Tone 3) [Holy Tradition]

Yesterday the Master came to us as a man,
And today his servant departs from life.
Yesterday the King was born as a man,
And today His servant is stoned to death.
For the sake of Christ Holy Stephen became the first martyr.

Does any of that sound antisemitic, or is this woman just out for blood and virtue points?

Amen.

To the Reader:
Have a Blessed day and may God Bless you and your Family.
Jonah.

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