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(Gk Kerinthos) was a Christian teacher in Asia Minor c. 100 ce (although the Apocryphal Epistle of James [uncertain], the Epistle to the Apostles, Hippolytus's Capita contra Gaium, and other sources place him in the early apostolic period). He was possibly opposed by the Johannine school (Irenaeus, Haer. III 3.4: anecdotal encounter with John at one of the public baths; III, 11.1: the Gospel of John allegedly directed against Cerinthus; Eusebius, Hist. Eccl. III 28.1, etc.). Descriptions of Cerinthus's writings appearing in this context are not reliab…

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Hanig, Roman, “Cerinthus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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