E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Wandering Jew.
(1) Said to be KHARTAPHILOS, Pilates porter. When the officers were dragging Jesus out of the hall, Kartaphilos struck Him with his fist in the back, saying, Go quicker, Man; go quicker! Whereupon Jesus replied, I indeed go quickly; but thou shalt tarry till I come again. This man afterwards became a Christian, and was baptised under the name of Joseph. Every 100 years he falls into an ecstasy, out of which he rises again at the age of thirty.
The earliest account of the Wandering Jew is in the Book of the Chronicles of the Abbey of St. Albans. This tradition was continued by Matthew Paris in 1228. In 1242 Philip Mouskes, afterwards Bishop of Tournay, wrote the Rhymed Chronicle.
(2) AHASUERUS, a cobbler, who dragged Jesus before Pilate. As the Man of Sorrows was going to Calvary, weighed down with His cross, He stayed to rest on a stone near the mans door, when Ahasuerus pushed Him away, saying, Away with you; here you shall not rest. The gentle Jesus replied, I truly go away, and go to rest; but thou shalt walk, and never rest till I come.
This is the legend given by Paul von Eitzen, Bishop of Schleswig (1547). (See Greve: Memoirs of Paul von Eitzen (1744).
(3) In German legend, the Wandering Jew is associated with JOHN BUTTADÆUS, seen at Antwerp in the thirteenth century; again, in the fifteenth; and again, in the sixteenth century. His last appearance was in 1774, at Brussels.
Leonard Doldius, of Nürnberg, in his Praxis Alchymi (1604), says that Ahasurus is sometimes called Buttadæus.
(4) The French call The Wandering Jew ISAAC LAKEDION or LAQUEDEM. (Mitternacht: Dissertatio in Johannem, xxi. 19.)
(5) Dr. Croly, in his novel, calls the Wandering Jew SALATHIEL BEN SADI, who (he says) appeared towards the close of the sixteenth century at Venice.
The legend of the Wild Huntsman, called by Shakespeare Herne, the Hunter, and by Father Mathieu St. Hubert, is said to be a Jew who would not suffer Jesus to drink from a horse-trough, but pointed out to Him some water in a hoof-print, and bade Him go there and drink. (Kuhn von Schwarz: Mordd. Sagen, 499.)