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|Died||ca. AD 33, Golgotha Hill outside Jerusalem|
|Venerated in||All Christianity|
|Patronage||Criminals, prisoners, undertakers|
- And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
- But the other answering rebuked him, saying, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss."
- And he said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom."
- And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." (KJV)
The name of "Dismas" for this person, unnamed in the canonical Gospel itself, appears first in the twelfth century in the Gospel of Nicodemus. The other thief's name is given as Gestas. The name of "Dismas" was adapted from a Greek word meaning "sunset" or "death." The names themselves were popularized through an apocryphal Infancy Gospel, which adds a fanciful tale about how Dismas prevented other thieves in his company from robbing Mary and Joseph on their flight into Egypt.
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