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Melito of Sardis
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a versatile theological writer c. 160–180 ce (according to Eusebius of Caesarea, bishop of Sardis). A list of his works is given in Eus. Hist. eccl. IV 26. 2–14. Most are lost, but the number of fragments has increased in recent years. The Easter homily περὶ πάσχα/perí páscha, known from papyri, is one of the earliest extant Christian sermons. In Asian rhetoric, with many Old Testament allusions, it develops an exodus typology in which Israel's liberation from Egypt is compared with humanity's liberation from sin. The New Testament is not quoted, though the Gospel of Peter

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Frenschkowski, Marco, “Melito of Sardis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13876>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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