Was Hippolytus a Schismatic?

Was Hippolytus a Schismatic? WAS HIPPOLYTUS A SCHISMATIC? BY ALLEN BRENT The discovery of Parisinus suppl. graec. 464 by Minos Minoides in the Mount Athos Library in 1841,' provided the completion of the separately transmitted Book I of a work whose first sentence provided the title "EÀEYXOÇ xar& 7tcxa{;)v cx[p?aE<.ùv.2 This work was identified in 1851 1 as a work of Hippolytus.3 From that time onwards, whether Hip- polytus' authorship of this work along with the works listed on the Statue was accepted, or whether indeed these were attributed to a dif- ferent writer, the events recorded in El. IX, 7-13,1 were regarded as the events of a schism.4 4 Such a view was to be reinforced by the entry recorded in the Chronographer for 354, the so called Liberian Catalogus, in which the account of Pontianus episcopus and Hippolytus presbyter, martyred together in Sardinia, seemed to be a cryptogram for a division healed. ° There were very many other presbyters in the Roman Church at the time, and therefore, so it seemed, the singling out of just one of them indicated that Hippolytus, the presbyter in question, needed some reason to be so singled out.6 The reason, in the light of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

Was Hippolytus a Schismatic?

Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 49 (3): 215 – Jan 1, 1995

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© 1995 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0042-6032
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10.1163/157007295X00022
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WAS HIPPOLYTUS A SCHISMATIC? BY ALLEN BRENT The discovery of Parisinus suppl. graec. 464 by Minos Minoides in the Mount Athos Library in 1841,' provided the completion of the separately transmitted Book I of a work whose first sentence provided the title "EÀEYXOÇ xar& 7tcxa{;)v cx[p?aE<.ùv.2 This work was identified in 1851 1 as a work of Hippolytus.3 From that time onwards, whether Hip- polytus' authorship of this work along with the works listed on the Statue was accepted, or whether indeed these were attributed to a dif- ferent writer, the events recorded in El. IX, 7-13,1 were regarded as the events of a schism.4 4 Such a view was to be reinforced by the entry recorded in the Chronographer for 354, the so called Liberian Catalogus, in which the account of Pontianus episcopus and Hippolytus presbyter, martyred together in Sardinia, seemed to be a cryptogram for a division healed. ° There were very many other presbyters in the Roman Church at the time, and therefore, so it seemed, the singling out of just one of them indicated that Hippolytus, the presbyter in question, needed some reason to be so singled out.6 The reason, in the light of

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Published: Jan 1, 1995

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