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Bishop Lists
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The first list of bishops is found in Irenaeus, Haer. III 3.3 (c. 185 ce) as a list of names of twelve Roman bishops who had handed down in the apostolic succession the teaching entrusted to them by the apostles Peter and Paul. This construction was used by Irenaeus to legitimize his own position of being in possession of the complete apostolic teaching against the claim of the Valentinian school (Valentinianism) to a secret tradition interpreting and transcending scripture. Examples of the succession of teachings are found in ancient Judaism (cf. m. Ab. 1.1–2.8) and in …

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Löhr, Winrich A., “Bishop Lists”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02097>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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