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Didymus the Blind
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(c. 313–398) was a distinguished and influential teacher of theology in the tradition of Origen in Alexandria (III; Exegesis: V, 1) who wrote commentaries on almost all the books of the Bible. His students included Jerome, Palladius, and Rufinus. Didymus probably died before the disputes over the legacy of Origen broke out at the end of the 4th century. In the 6th century, however, he was censured along with Origen and Evagrius Ponticus (died 399) on account of his heretical views (preexistence of the soul, apocatastasis). His commentaries were thus, for a long time, al…

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., “Didymus the Blind”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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