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Theodotus the Banker
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[German Version]

Theodotus probably broke with the earlier Theodotians (Theodotus the Tanner). According to Hippolytus (Haer. VII 36.2), controversy had arisen over whether Jesus had been a charismatically gifted human individual or could appropriately be described as God after his resurrection. Clearly Heb 5:6 and 7:3 played a special role in this dispute; they state that Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchizedek and that the latter, being without genealogy, must be superior to Jesus. Quotations in Ps.-Tertullian (Adversus omnes haereses VIII 2f.) and Epiphanius (Haer. 54.…

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Böhm, Thomas, “Theodotus the Banker”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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