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Hippolytus between East and WestThe Commentaries and the Provenance of the Corpus$
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J. A. Cerrato

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246960.001.0001

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Hippolytus Romanus in modern times

Hippolytus Romanus in modern times

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(p.94) 7 Hippolytus Romanus in modern times
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Hippolytus between East and West
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J. A. Cerrato

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246960.003.0007

In 1841, Minoides Mynas discovered a Greek manuscript of Mount Athos containing a work now known as the refutatio omnium haeresium. The text became the basis of subsequent scholarly activity on the Hippolytus question. The find supplied books 4–10 of an ancient anti-heretical treatise. Although the colophon ascribed the text of Mynas to Origen as well, scholars soon attributed it to Hippolytus Romanus. According to Pierre Nautin, Jacobi was the first to propose such a thesis. The overall effect of the discovery was the creation of a new optimism regarding the biography of a western, Greek author Hippolytus. Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger (1799–1890) rejected the Portus Romanus provenance of Christian Charles Josias von Bunsen and depicted the author as a schismatic Roman bishop of the early third century. This chapter also looks at the commentaries that followed Döllinger's hypothesis and their preservation of the Hippolytan eschatology, along with Allen Brent's revision of the hypothesis and Objections to the biography of the Döllinger-Brent hypotheses.

Keywords:   Minoides Mynas, Greek manuscript, Mount Athos, Hippolytus, Greek author, Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger, Allen Brent, Roman bishop, Hippolytan eschatology, Christian Charles Josias von Bunsen

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