THE BLOOD LIBEL AGAINST THE MONTANISTS BY JAMES B. RIVES In the anti-heretical treatises of the late fourth and early fifth cen- turies, we repeatedly come across the charge that the Montanists, or one of their subsects, engaged in a wicked and horrific rite.' Cyril of Jerusalem was the earliest extant writer to record this story, in his catechetical lecture on the Holy Spirit. In order to demonstrate the false teachings of the heretics on this topic, he briefly reviews some of the main groups. The Montanists, he says, in addition to their blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, 'slaughter the wretched little children of women and cut them up into unlawful meat for the sake of what among them are called mysteries'.' In the 370s, Epiphanius recorded a slightly dif- ferent version. Although he is uncertain which subsect of the Mon- tanists is in question, he nevertheless asserts that in one of them 'people say a terrible and unlawful deed is done. In a certain festival they take a child, a mere infant, and pierce him throughout his body with bronze needles and so procure his blood for themselves, for the performance of a sacrifice'.' Somewhat later, Philastrius
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1996
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera