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Easter Epistles
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Epistles of the bishop of Alexandria, originally composed in Greek, on fixing the date of Easter, often, but not exclusively, addressed to the bishops and congregations in Egypt subject to him. The first author for this circle of recipients was Dionysius of Alexandria (247/48), although Demetrius of Alexandria had already written Easter epistles to the bishops of Rome, Antioch, and Jerusalem. The tradition of the texts transmitted for the most part in fragments and many languages (Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Latin, Syriac) can b…

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Külzer, Andreas, “Easter Epistles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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