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Theophilus of Alexandria and the First Origenist Controversy
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Theophilus of Alexandria and the First Origenist Controversy: Rhetoric and Power

Krastu Banev


This book examines the involvement of archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria (385–412) in the so-called First Origenist Controversy, when the famed third-century Greek theologian Origen received, a century and a half after his death, a formal condemnation for heresy. Modern scholars have been successful in removing the majority of the charges which Theophilus laid on Origen as not giving a fair representation of his thought. Yet no sufficient explanation has been offered as to why what to us appears as an obvious miscarriage of justice came to be accepted, or why it was needed in the first place. ... More

Keywords: patristics, rhetoric, late antiquity, early Christianity, asceticism, church history, desert spirituality, heresy, Origen, Egyptian monasticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198727545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Krastu Banev, author
Lecturer in Greek Patristics, Durham University

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