Seth the Patriarch

detail of a frescoe painting of Seth the Patriarch; 1378, artist unknown; Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, Novgorod, Russia; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; cilck for source imageMemorial


Old Testament patriarch. Third son of Adam and Eve, and the eldest son at home after the death of Abel by Cain. Lived to age 912.

While nothing else is known about him from Biblical sources, Jewish tradition says that Adam and Eve taught Seth the secret to resisting evil: when temptations began, he immediately went into fervent prayer; if the temptation was great, he would flee to an altar and as for God‘s support.

Name Meaning

  • the substitute; the appointed one (Hebrew)


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Seth the Patriarch“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 March 2019. Web. 10 May 2021. <>