Saint Jude

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Hans Baldung Grien, St. Jude, 1519, woodcut, 21.0 x 12.5 cm

Jude (also known as Thaddeus) was one of the Apostles of Christ.  His identity is uncertain and sources dispute events in his life, though it seems likely that he, along with Saint Bartholmew, first brough Christianity to Armenia.  He was martyred by either axe or club in Beirut, along with Saint Simon the Apostle.

He is typically portrayed with either an axe or club (seen here) to symbolize his martyrdom.  He also often carries an image of Christ.  Other attributes include a carpenter's squre, boat or oar, and medallion.