Title

A Note on Dionysius of Alexandria’s Letter to Novatian in Light of Third-Century Papyri

Keywords

Dionysius, Alexandria's Letter, Third-Century Papyri, Papyri, Ancient Christianity

Abstract

Near the end of the sixth book of Eusebius’ Historia ecclesiastica where he briefl y details the Novatian Schism at Rome he cites a letter written by Dionysius of Alexandria to Novatian urging him to be reconciled to the Roman church1 . This letter is unique since it is the only one attributed to Dionysius and employed by Eusebius that is cited in its entirety2 . When it is compared to other third-century letters from Egypt written on papyrus it becomes evident that it shares a number of similarities in terms of its length, format and epistolary style.

Original Publication Citation

“A Note on Dionysius of Alexandria’s Letter to Novatian in Light of Third-Century Papyri.” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum/Journal of Ancient Christianity 14.2 (2010): 356–361.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Journal of Ancient of Ancient Christianity

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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