Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Gamaliel

detail of a statue of Gamaliel, date and artist unknown; tombs of the Abbey of Sainte-Croix Quimperlé, France; photographed on 1 July 2012 by GO69; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

He was of the sect of the Pharisees, and a doctor of the law, in the highest reputation at Jerusalem. Saint Paul recommended himself to the Jews by saying that he had been his scholar. When the Jews were deliberating to put the apostle to death, Saint Gamaliel prevented such a resolution, and indirectly showed the Christian religion to be the work of God; yet this he did with so much prudence as not to incur any suspicion. Though he had not then embraced the faith, his conversion was more early than that of Saint Paul, as Saint Chrysostom assures us. Having buried Saint Stephen at his own estate, twenty miles from Jerusalem, he was afterwards himself interred in the same sepulchre, and discovered his relics to Lucian, in a vision, in 415, as was related above.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Gamaliel”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 August 2016. Web. 18 August 2017. <>