The Macarian Writings and their Historical Context

Marcus Plested

in The Macarian Legacy

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267798
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602139 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 The Macarian Writings and their Historical Context

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This chapter explores the historical context of the Macarian writings: their authorship, location, and date. It also outlines the physical shape of the Macarian corpus: the principal forms of the Greek manuscript tradition and the most important of the translations. It goes on to tackle the vexed question of the relationship between Macarius and the Messalian tendency, demonstrating the very substantial problems behind a simplistic identification of the two. It closes with a consideration of the possible insights offered by the Life of Hypatius into the early circulation of the writings.

Keywords: Council of Ephesus; Life of Hypatius; manuscripts; Messalian; St Ephrem the Syrian; St Epiphanius of Salamis; St John of Damascus; St Photius of Constantinople; Theodoret; Timothy of Constantinople

Chapter.  9273 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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