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Hagia Sophia and Saint Peter

John Myes wanted to know if the hagia in Hagia Sophia is related to the hagios in our Good Word hagiographyHagia Sophia is the name of the museum in Istanbul that was once the seat of the patriarch (= pope) of Eastern Orthodoxy.  Indeed, Greek hagia “holy” is the feminine form of hagios, which is also the word for “saint”, so Hagia Sophia means “Saint Sophia”. (We find the same relation in saint, which was originally Latin sanctus “holy”.)

I always thought it interesting that the patron saint of the Roman Catholic Church was a man, St. Peter, the Rock, while the patron saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church (once a part of the Roman Church), was a woman, St. Sophia, also the Greek word for “Wisdom”. 

The several historical attempts to (re)marry these two faiths have failed. They would seem to be incompatible despite all their common interests.

3 Responses to “Hagia Sophia and Saint Peter”

  1. John Ben Regesh Says:

    It is not a shame, the truth of the matter was that the Roman church was misdirected by a deep, initial deception which later became dogma. Having just published a book that goes to the heart of the matter, I have found it strange that no one has seen the deception. The name of the book is: Saint Paul, The First Antichrist. It lays out the teachings of Paul and compares them directly with the teachings of Jesus Christ. You can watch Paul convict himself in his own words. You also will see the motive develop and see where Paul intentionally misquotes scripture to cover his lie. You can buy the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, just put in my name to locate it easily. John Ben Regesh

    Archbishop/Doctor John Ben Regesh, J.D.

  2. Virginia B. Says:

    What is the origin of the the word “mosey” and why would one “mosey one down?”

  3. Hagia Sophia Says:

    Hagia Sophia in reference to the the Byzantine cathedral is generally accepted to mean Holy Wisdom, as you say yourself Sophia is greek for wisdom.

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