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248 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198727545

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Theophilus of Alexandria and the First Origenist Controversy

Rhetoric and Power

Krastu Banev

Oxford Early Christian Studies

  • Presents a contextualized literary-historical approach in offering new insights into the life and reputation of Theophilus of Alexandria (385-412)
  • Examines the Festal Letters of Theophilus and identifies the importance of classical rhetorical theory as a methodological tool for the interpretation of relevant historical data.
  • Focuses on the so-called First Origenist Controversy, the condemnation of Origen in ad 400 in Alexandria, and the punishment and expulsion of his monastic followers from the Egyptian desert.