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Hilary of Poitiers (Saint)
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(c. 315–367) became bishop c. 350 ce. He composed his commentary on Matthew with alarm at unnamed figures denying the divinity of Christ. This interest in imperial church politics (Constantius II), more than the revolt of Silvanus, led to his trial at Béziers in 355 and exile to Phrygia. While in exile he learned the theological and exegetical traditions of the Homoiousians (Basil of Ancyra). In his works De trinitate and De synodis, he interpreted them sympathetically for his Western colleagues. He also wrote polemical pamphlets against Contantius II and Auxentius of…

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Burns, Paul C., “Hilary of Poitiers (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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