Firmilian of Caesarea and Cappadocian Christianity
This text reclaims the significance of Firmilianus of Cappadocian Caearea [d.c.269 C.E] and includes a collection of the surviving testimonia about him. Firmilianus of Cappadocian Caearea [d.c.269 C.E] is a figure of whom we know mostly through other people's references...
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This text reclaims the significance of Firmilianus of Cappadocian Caearea [d.c.269 C.E] and includes a collection of the surviving testimonia about him. Firmilianus of Cappadocian Caearea [d.c.269 C.E] is a figure of whom we know mostly through other people's references to him. Only one writing by him is extant. It is clear, nevertheless, that Firmilian was a Christian leader of significance in the third century: it was he who led the proceedings against Paul of Samosata. He was at odds with bishop Stephen in Rome, was a contemporary and friend of Origen and of Gregory Thaumaturgus. Allegedly he was influential in the life of Gregory the Illuminator and his letter to Cyprian in Carthage is the only work of his to survive. Firmilian had witnessed persecution and other hardships in Cappadocia and his reputation lived on through statements by Jerome and Eusebius. Yet his name is almost unknown to students of the early church, while those of his contemporaries are familiar. This text reclaims the significance of Firmilian and includes a collection of the surviving testimonia about him.
Christine Trevett is a professor of theological and religious studies at the University of Wales-Cardiff. Her books include "Montanism; " "Quaker Women Prophets in England and Wales, 1650-1700; " and "A Study of Ignatius of Antioch in Syria and Asia."<BR>
- Introduction: Why This Study?; Chapter 1- Cappadocia In The Second And Third Centuries: Geography, Boundary, Significant Urban Sites, Ethnicity, Politics, Religion, And Epigraphy; Chapter 2- Christians And Cappadocia From Pentecost To Firmilian; Chapter 3- Firmilian Of Caesarea And Varieties Of Asia Minor Christianity; Chapter 4- Firmilian, Origen And Friends: From Gregory Thaumaturgus Through Cyprian Of Carthage To Gregory The Illuminator, Firmilian And The Cappadocian Churches Stood Within A Web Of Criss-crossing Catholic Contacts; Chapter 5- Firmilian And Error:- Hard-line Cappadocia, Councils And Contacts, From Quartodecimanism Through Montanism And Novatianism, The Re-baptism Controversy To Paul Of Samosata; Chapter 6- A Bridge To 'the Cappadocians': The Significance Of Firmilian And Third Century Cappadocian Christianity.; Appendix 1- Firmilian: References To Him In Ancient Sources; Bibliography; Index Of Passages Cited; Index Of Persons And Subjects.