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Paul of Samosata
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Paul of Samosata lived in the mid- to second half of the 3rd century CE. It is not clear if he was born in Samosata (near modern Samsat in Turkey), but he must have had strong connections with the city. Paul succeeded Demetrianus as the bishop of Antioch. He was accused of heresy by his opponents who were led by Malchion, a local sophist and teacher of rhetoric in Antioch. Paul’s heresy became the subject of two synods at Antioch, in about 264 and in 268/9 CE (Antioch, 02: Councils of [264–389 CE]). During the latter synod, Paul was excommunicat…

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Slootjes, Daniëlle, “Paul of Samosata”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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