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Cyril of Jerusalem
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[German Version]

(c. 313–386/387) was bishop of Jerusalem and, in this function, determinatively involved in the formation of the “holy sites” and of the church year. His life was marked by Trinitarian controversies (Arius/Arianism), but his contribution to the instruction of baptismal candidates in the period of the imperial church was definitive. Acacius of Caesarea installed Cyril as bishop in 348. Acacius hoped to have in Cyril a homoean comrade. Apparently in Lent of the same year, Cyril conducted in the Jerusalem Anastasis 18 catecheses for baptismal candi…

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Röwekamp, Georg, “Cyril of Jerusalem”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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