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Hippolytus between East and West

The Commentaries and the Provenance of the Corpus

Hippolytus between East and West

The Commentaries and the Provenance of the Corpus

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£157.50

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199246960
Number of Pages: 304
Published: 15/08/2002
Width: 14.4 cm
Height: 22.4 cm
Who was the Church Father Hippolytus? The answer to this question has eluded scholars for centuries. His true identity was unknown even to Eusebius, the church historian, in the fourth century and to subsequent writers of the ancient Church. Yet his corpus was largely preserved through the early centuries and influenced numerous theologians and exegetes, including Origen, Ambrose, and Jerome. Using ancient, Byzantine, and modern sources, the present study charts the growth of the Hippolytus question from its inception to the present day. It traces how early speculations led to the formation of various traditions of a prolific and controversial writer. This book is the first thorough analysis of the Hippolytus question in English for over a hundred years. Drawing on leading scholarship of the twentieth century, it untangles millennia of theory and points to the evidence of the Asian roots of the great biblical commentator known as Saint Hippolytus. It suggests that this writer, so influential on the rethinking of western liturgical practice in the twentieth century, is best viewed as a scion of the East.

J. A. Cerrato (Head of Classics, Pennington School, New Jersey)

J.A. Cerrato is Head of Classics at The Pennington School, New Jersey, and a priest of the Episcopal Church

... a significant study ... most insightful. Journal of Ecclesiastical History ... this is a solid piece of scholarship which throws more light on an intractable problem relating to the Church in the first decades of the third century ... the author has opened up new lines of research. The Expository Times An intriguing and potentially significant contribution to the debate. Church Times

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