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Cyril of Jerusalem
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Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 315–387 CE) was born probably in or near Jerusalem. Only little is known of Cyril’s life before he became bishop in Jerusalem. He began his ecclesiastical career as a deacon in the congregation in Jerusalem sometime between 330 and 335 CE. Around 343 CE, he was appointed a presbyter (Priest/Presbyter) by Bishop Maximus. And finally, he became bishop in 350 CE (Yarnold, 2000, 3–4; Van Nuffelen…

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Jacobsen, Anders-Christian, “Cyril of Jerusalem”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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