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Festal Letters
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A festal letter is a letter sent out by a bishop of Alexandria in pre-modern times to inform others of the date of Easter. It usually includes one or more sections of a pastoral, moral, and/or a dogmatic nature. Festal letters have been attested from the end of the 2nd to the 15th century,…

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Loon, Hans van, “Festal Letters”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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