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Doketai
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(δοκηταί; dokētaí). With this generic term or τῶν ... δοκιτῶν αἵρεσις (tôn ... dokitôn haíresis, Theod. Epist. 82,1) ancient Christian theologians from the middle of the 5th cent., as also recent academic research, designated various points of view that (in the minds of their critics at any rate) call into question or even repudiate the real humanity of  Jesus Christ and postulate a ‘pseudo-body’. Opponents of  Ignatius of Antioch maintained for example that Christ had only appeared to suffer (τὸ δοκεῖν, Epist. ad Smyrnaeos 2; 4,2). Docetism in th…

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Markschies, Christoph (Berlin), “Doketai”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e322070>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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