(c. 8th cent BC)

Prophet mentioned as one of the four great in the Old Testament. He was killed by king Manasses of Juda, and buried under an oak tree. The tomb was still venerated in the 5th century.

In Greece the wedding ceremony ends with "The dance of Isaiah" when the bride and the groom are led three times around the altar by the priest. People then throw rice at them as a sign of fertility.

In art he is shown as an elderly man who either holds a scroll or is being sown in half, or even holding a saw.

Orthodox nameday: 9/5

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