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Wulfila
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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 take…

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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 19 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_036479>
First published online: 2020



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