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The Church in Ancient SocietyFrom Galilee to Gregory the Great$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246955.001.0001

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Hippolytus and Liturgy

Hippolytus and Liturgy

(p.132) 20 Hippolytus and Liturgy
The Church in Ancient Society

Henry Chadwick

Oxford University Press

Hippolytus was the last ancient Christian in Rome to write in Greek, but the status of some of the writings attributed to him is controversial. The Church Order attributed to him defines the shape of the liturgy, but shows that at this time in the third century, it had not yet acquired a fixed form. The interrogations and answers he provides for the ceremony of baptism provide the basis for the later so‐called Apostles’ Creed, the baptismal confession of the western Church.

Keywords:   baptism, Hippolytus, liturgy, Rome

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