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Gregory Thaumaturgus
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Gregory Thaumaturgus (213–265/275? CE), originally called Theodore, was born to a distinguished pagan family of Neocaesarea, where he studied rhetoric and Roman law. Family circumstances brought him to Caesarea in Palestine (233/234 CE), where he met Origen of Alexandria, who convinced him to study philosophy and theology and to abandon the plan to complete his law studies in Beirut. After five years, during which time he converted to Christianity, Gregory returned to his homeland to start his career as a lawyer but became bishop of Neo…

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Celia, Francesco, “Gregory Thaumaturgus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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