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Noetus of Smyrna
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Hippolytus, residing in Rome, knew the teaching of Noetus, who came from Smyrna (end of the 2nd cent.), but only through Noetus’s Roman students (Haer. IX 7–10; X 26f.; derived from this: Epiph. Haer. 57; Philastrius of Brescia, Diversarum haereseon liber, 53; Theodoret, Haereticarum fabularum compendium, III 3). Noetus is considered the founder of (modalist) Monarchianism, which for soteriological reasons maintained the identity of the Father and the Son, and sought to defend this with polished dialectical language. His condemnation by a synod, reported in Contra…

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Greschat, Katharina, “Noetus of Smyrna”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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