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Demetrius of Alexandria
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was the first historically attested bishop of the city (189–231/232 ce). He commenced the systematic development of the organization of the Egyptian church. In Alexandria he pursued the connection between the so-called Catechetical School, a philosophical Christian school, to the church. In 203 ce he made the young Origen (in succession of Clement of Alexandria) head of the school. Although Demetrius at first strongly supported Origen, conflicts between them followed later, possibly also on account of Origen's theology. When the famo…

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Kühneweg, Uwe, “Demetrius of Alexandria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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