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Cyprianic Ecclesiology: Redefining The Office Of The Christian Bishop, Lauren Hudson Jan 2013

Cyprianic Ecclesiology: Redefining The Office Of The Christian Bishop, Lauren Hudson

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St. Cyprian was a pivotal figure in the early Church. During his tenure as bishop of Carthage, 248-9 to 258, the Roman emperor Decius ignited the first empire-wide persecution of the Christian Church. The problems that resulted from this persecution were unprecedented. This thesis will analyze the letters and treatises of Cyprian and will illustrate how Cyprian solidified certain powers of the bishop and built upon the existing orthodoxy of the Church. The actions of Cyprian will be viewed as a microhistory. Cyprian is not a fringe character in history; he is a well-known Church father and a saint in ...