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Abgar Ouchama

 

Pronunciation:  AB-gahr + ou-TSHAW-mah

Occurrences:  3

First Reference:  Yeshua 25:4-20

 

 

See:  Edessa, Yeshua

 

Summary:  Abgar Ouchama is referred to in the book of Yeshua as the “king of all Edessa” (Y:25:4). Edessa was a city-state located near the modern day city of Urfa, in Turkey — about 400 miles north of Jerusalem. Ouchama sent a letter to Yeshua requesting that he come and heal him of an illness. From the context provided in the book of Yeshua, the letter was likely delivered to Yeshua sometime during the month of Shebat in the year 35 CE, while he was teaching in Sidon during his second year of ministry (Y:25:4-20)..

 

 

Azrael’s Commentary - Abgar Ouchama

 

The title of “king of all Edessa” (Y:25:4) was a bit of an overstatement. Abgar Ouchama was more the equivalent of a very powerful city mayor who commanded the city guards and soldiers and who had the authority to gather taxes from the people of the city. His station was inherited from his father, who got it from his father. Hence, the title of “king of all Edessa” might appear appropriate. Abgar Ouchama was answerable to Vitellius, the Roman Governor of Syria. The letter of Abgar Ouchama is the only letter to Yeshua recorded in the scriptures. It shows just how far Yeshua’s fame had reached.

 

After the resurrection, Yeshua sent his brother James to Edessa to heal Abgar of an illness. And although the Toparch of Edessa was healed, he never became a follower of Yeshua because of political reasons.

 

 

 

Notes/References:

Abel (Terralee)
Abiathar