Messalians: The Macarian Homilies

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

 Messalians: The Macarian Homilies

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Rigorous ascetic texts from Edessa in about 370 written under the name of Makarios became associated with heretics known as Messalians. Despite their disparagement of the sacramental and ordered life of the Church, the Messalians gained the sympathy of a few bishops, including Gregory of Nyssa, and influenced some fifth‐century writers.

Keywords: asceticism; Messalians

Chapter.  1568 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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