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Theodotus the Tanner
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According to the account of an anonymous author quoted by Eusebius of Caesarea (Hist. eccl. V 28), Theodotus headed a school in Rome that dealt primarily with exegetical questions. Here Theodotus is accused of teaching that Christ had been a mere mortal (Hist. eccl. V 28.6), while according to Hippolytus (Haer. VII 35.1–36.1; X 23f.) Theodotus taught that Jesus was born of the Virgin by the will of the Father and received the Pneuma (Christ) when he was baptized in the Jordan. According to account of Ps.-Tertullian (Adversus omnes haereses VIII 2f.), Christ had been a…

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Böhm, Thomas, “Theodotus the Tanner”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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