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Antiochene School of Theology
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As the third city of the Roman Empire, Antioch offered the development of a Christian theology a cultural basis comparable to that of the capital of Egypt. Antioch stood more in the philosophical tradition of Aristotle whereas Alexandria inclined to Plato; and these philosophical differences were soon revealed in the theologizing of the schools of both cities. The methods of rabbinic Judaism dominated scholarship at Antioch; in Alexandria the scientific approach of Hellenistic Judaism was prefer…

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Friedrich Normann, “Antiochene School of Theology”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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