From the Exiles' Return to the Dedication Synod of Antioch

Sara Parvis

Edited by Gillian Clark and Andrew Louth

in Marcellus of Ancyra and the Lost Years of the Arian Controversy 325-345

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199280131
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603792 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

 From the Exiles' Return to the Dedication Synod of Antioch

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This chapter examines the complex events of 337-341, arguing that the returning exiles were probably not re-deposed on the basis of new synods, but of the earlier ones. The Dedication Synod of 341 was, if not the voice of the ‘moderate majority’ of Eastern bishops, at least a breath of fresh air on the Eastern ecclesiastical scene, allowing new voices to be heard such as that of Basil of Ancyra. The synod’s creeds and its reply to the letter of Julius of Rome are examined and given a context. It is argued that the synod found its unity in condemning the theology of Marcellus of Ancyra, lampooned in a speech by Acacius of Caesarea, though on somewhat different grounds from those on which Marcellus had originally been deposed.

Keywords: Dedication Synod; Basil of Ancyra; creeds; Julius of Rome; Acacius of Caesarea

Chapter.  23914 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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