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Cerdo, before 150

Cerdo was a Christian teacher who worked in Rome during the episcopate of Hyginus (ca. 136-142). The main sources for his life and teaching are the anti-heretical works of Irenaeus (ca. 180) and some later authors, who might be dependent on Hippolytus (ca. 220). Their information possibly derives from local Roman traditions but is very problematic. According to Irenaeus, Adversus haereses, III, 4, 3, Cerdo came under Hyginus ‘repeatedly back to the church as a penitent: now teaching in secret, then doing penance, then again being convicted…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Cerdo”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 24 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_069>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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