Paul of Samosata

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

 Paul of Samosata

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Paul of Samosata, bishop of Antioch in the 160s, when it was ruled by Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, was criticized for his doctrine of Christ and his worldly lifestyle. A synod decided that he be removed from office, but he had enthusiastic support from many people in Antioch. The fall of Zenobia changed the political situation, and emperor Aurelian ruled in favour of Roman doctrine.

Keywords: Antioch; Christological controversy; Paul of Samosata; Zenobia

Chapter.  1604 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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