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Alexander I (Bishop of Rome)
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Alexander I was the sixth bishop in Rome (counting Peter as the first one) and held office between circa 109 and 116 CE. His identity is frequently confused with a martyr of the same name, but contemporary textual evidence suggests that this is hagiographic (Hagiography) legend rather than fact. The concept of papacy (Pope/Father) at this early stage of the Christian church is contested; some contem…

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Hunt, Hannah, “Alexander I (Bishop of Rome)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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