Fake Prophecy and Polluted Sacraments: Ecclesiastical and Imperial Reactions to Montanism

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BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 485 pages
During the four centuries of its existence (ca. 165-550), Montanism, an early-Christian prophetic movement, stirred up considerable controversy. Known to its adherents as the 'New Prophecy, ' its opponents viewed it as a '"fake" prophecy' with 'polluted sacraments.' Accused of introducing novelty and heresy into Christianity. Montanism, in the post-Constantinian era, was also persecuted by Christian emperors. This book identifies all known opponents of Montanism, analyzes and classifies the various charges leveled against Montanism, and describes the methods used to counteract and ultimately destroy the movement. Also described are the ways in which the Montanists reacted to the opposition against them, revealing that the picture painted of the New Prophecy by its opponents was grossly distorted. "Fake Prophecy and Polluted Sacraments" provides an insightful case-study of the treatment of a minority Christian movement by Church and State both before and after 'catholic' Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
 

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Contents

Ecclesiastical Opponents to Montanism ca 165199 CE
3
Ecclesiastical Opponents to Montanism ca 200324 CE
45
Ecclesiastical Charges against Montanism ca 165324 CE
87
Montanist Reaction to Ecclesiastical Opposition ca 165324 CE
125
Montanists and Persecution
167
Montanists and Voluntary Martyrdom
201
Montanists and Flight during Persecution
243
Ecclesiastical Opponents of Montanism ca 324550 CE
263
Imperial Opponents of Montanism ca 324550 CE
307
ChurchState Charges Against Montanism ca 324550 CE
339
Montanist Reaction to ChurchState Opposition ca 324550 CE
389
Conclusion
403
Bibliography
425
Index Locorum
445
General Index
470
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William Tabbernee (Ph.D., Litt.D., University of Melbourne) is President and Stephen J. England Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity at Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is the author of Montanist Inscriptions and Testimonia: Epigraphic Sources Illustrating the History of Montanism (1997). His most recent book (with Peter Lampe) is Pepouza and Tymion: The Discovery and Archaeological Exploration of a Lost Ancient City and an Imperial Estate in Phrygia (2007).

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