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Theophilus of Alexandria
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Little is known of Theophilus’ life prior to his election as a successor of Timotheus of Alexandria upon the latter’s death on Jul 20, 385 CE. In the 7th century CE, John of Nikiu identified Memphis as the city where Theophilus was born and brought up (Nik. Chron. 79). Around 370 CE, he was probably serving as a deacon under Athanasius of Alexandria (Desert Fathers), which would mean that Theophilus’ active ministry at Alexandria spanned more than four decades unt…

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Banev, Krastu, “Theophilus of Alexandria”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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