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Sabellius/Sabellians
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In the theological conflicts of the 4th century, the Modalistic Monarchianism that was condemned as a heresy was often called Sabellianism. Marcellus of Ancyra and his followers in particular were considered “Sabellians,” because they rejected the doctrine of three divine hypostases (Hypostasis; cf. Origen) as tritheism, emphasizing God’s unity as μονάς/monás instead, citing John 10:30. Eusebius of Caesarea considered Marcellus a “new Sabellius” but had nothing more to say about the author of this heresy, so that later the teachi…

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., “Sabellius/Sabellians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025135>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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