Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

(2,701 words)

As many other so-called heretics (Heresy/Heretical), Cerinthus is known to us only through writings of those Christian teachers who had nothing good to say about him. Furthermore, none of these critics was contemporary to this disputed figure of the early 2nd-century CE Christianity in Asia Minor. In retrospection of later centuries, Simon Magus (Acts 8:5–25) and Nicolaus (Acts 6:5; Rev 2:6; 2:14; 2:20–24) were considered the earlies…

Cite this page
Myllykoski, Matti, “Cerinthus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲