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Bishop Wulfila was highly important to the Goths of his time, because

1.  in a period of oppression he guided them to a safe area, and,

2.  he translated the Bible in their own language. To modern scholars Wulfila is important because thanks to his translation of the Bible we have the oldest text of extensive length in a Germanic language.

The Gothic name of bishop Wulfila, also written as Vulfila, Ulfila, Gulfilas, means “little wolf.” His mother was a descendant from people who were taken captive in Cappadocia by raiding Goths and taken to Da…

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Langbroek, Erika, “Wulfila”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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