Montanism: Perpetua

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Montanism: Perpetua

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The ‘New Prophecy’ or Montanism began as a movement of ecstatic prophecy in Phrygia in the late second century. Critics claimed it had pagan as well as Christian origins, but in reality it was strictly orthodox and the numerous martyrdoms of Montanists were claimed as a sign of its authenticity. But its effects were divisive. It could be viewed as a reforming movement within the Church, but ‘prophecy’ was hard to control. The most remarkable surviving Montanist document is the Martyrdom of Perpetua, recording the martyrdom of the lady Perpetua and fellow Christians thrown to wild beasts in North Africa in about 203.

Keywords: martyrdom; Montanism; Perpetua; prophecy

Chapter.  1733 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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