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Hegesippus (Saint)
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(2nd half of the 2nd cent. ce). Probably a Jewish Christian from Palestine or Syria, Hegesippus composed five books of Hypomnemata or memoirs; the genre (church history? apology?), content, and structure of the work do not emerge clearly from the title and the few extant fragments. Attacking Gnosticism (Gnosis/Gnosticism), he sought to safeguard the “uncorrupted testimony” of the apostolic preaching, which he found preserved in Scripture and through apostolic succession. He also traveled via Corinth (where he met with Bishop Pr…

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Thornton, Claus-Jürgen, “Hegesippus (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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