The Life and Struggles of the
Holy Apostle and Evangelist
John the Theologian
THE DEATH OF DIOSCORIDES
“While this transpired, however, Dioscorides, the owner of the bath-house, and the father of Domnus, learned of his son’s death, and died of his profound grief. His servants hastened to find Domnus, who was with John. When Domnus heard the news he ran home, and found his father lying dead. He then retuned to John exceedingly sorrowful and, falling at his feet, wept and besought him, saying: ‘O man of God, as I was dead and thou gavest me life, do likewise unto my father who died on my account! I would prefer to die rather than see my father dead.’ John took Domnus by the hand and, raising him up said: ‘Do not sorrow, my child, for thy father’s death will usher in life for him and for thyself.’ John took Domnus by the hand and went to his house,. where they found the dead Dioscorides. Behind them followed Romana and a crowd of others. Then John made supplication and, taking Dioscorides by the hand, exclaimed: ‘In the name of Jesus Christ Who is God, arise!’ And straightway the dead man sat up. All who saw this were astonished and struck with awe. Some remarked that John was God, others that he was a necromancer.
“Slowly Dioscorides came to himself and said to John: ‘O man of God, thou hast given life to me and my son!’ John answered: ‘Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Whom I preach hath granted thee and thy son life.’ Dioscorides then fell at John’s feet and said: ‘Behold, I and my son, ad all we possess, are in thy hands.’ He then proceeded to show him his wealth, and said: ‘Take it all and make us servants of thy God.’ John said: ‘Neither we nor our God have need of thy things, for we have forsaken everything to follow Him.’ Dioscorides continued: ‘And where have ye followed Him?’ John then began to speak saying: ‘Hearken to divine mysteries Dioscorides. The all-merciful and all-good God beheld the race of man benighted by great delusion in the worship of demons and in the depths of ignorance. He took pity on His creation and sent His Son into the world, Who was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and bacameth Man, so as to teach men to put far away from themselves the deceit of the demons, and to heal every disease and sickness, both great and small. Him did the Jews condemn to be crucified, for thus did He so forordain. Therefore, the Son of God suffered in the flesh, and f His own will died, descended into hades, and delivered the souls held captive there from ages past. He arose, as befitteth God, on the third day, and appeared to us, His twelve disciples, and ate and drank with us. He commanded us to go forth into all the world and to teach and baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. All, therefore, who believe and are baptized will be saved, and unbelievers will be condemned.
Dioscorides said to John: ‘Man of God, baptize us in the name of thy God.’ John answered: ‘Command all those who are here to go outside.’ When all had left the house, behold, Romana came in holding our documents of sale and fell at John’s feet, saying: ‘Take these and tear up the handwriting of my sins, and give me the Christian seal of baptism!’ John took the papers and rent them in pieces and, that very hour, baptized Dioscorides, Domnus, and Romana. Then, at Dioscorides’ request we all went to the bath-house, to the spot where the unclean spirit had slain its victims, and cast it out. Afterwards, Dioscorides took us back to his house and laid a table, where we thanked God and ate; and then we sojourned in his home.