Christian Dualist Heresies in the Byzantine World, C.650-C.1450

Overview

Christian dualism originated in the reign of Constans II (641-68). It was a popular religion, which shared with Orthodoxy an acceptance of Scriptural authority and apostolic tradition and held a sacramental doctrine of salvation, but understood all these in a radically different way from the Orthodox Church. One of the differences was the strong part demonology played in the belief system. This book traces through original sources the origins of dualist Christianity throughout the Byzantine Empire, focusing on ...
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Overview

Christian dualism originated in the reign of Constans II (641-68). It was a popular religion, which shared with Orthodoxy an acceptance of Scriptural authority and apostolic tradition and held a sacramental doctrine of salvation, but understood all these in a radically different way from the Orthodox Church. One of the differences was the strong part demonology played in the belief system. This book traces through original sources the origins of dualist Christianity throughout the Byzantine Empire, focusing on the Paulician movement in Armenia and Bogomilism in Bulgaria. Not only does it present the theological texts, but puts the movements into their social and political context. This fascinating source book brings into English translation, many for the first time, these extraordinary sources of information on a major religious movement which continued until the thirteenth century and emerged in Western Europe in the form of Catharism.
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Contains translations of 50 principal sources for the history of the Paulicians and Bogomils, two Christian groups who believed in the existence of two gods<-->a good God who had created men's souls and an Evil god who had created the physical world. Each entry is annotated with contextual information. Also included is an introductory essay on the history of Christian dualism. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719047640
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Maps
Gazeteer
Historical introduction 1
1 Paulician population transfers under Constantine V (741-75) 57
2 The empress Irene (780-802) and the Paulicians 58
3 Alleged Paulicians in Constantinople in the early ninth century 59
4 Theodore of Studium (d. 826) opposes the death penalty for heresy 60
5 St Macarius of Pelecete converts a Paulician in prison 61
6 Renewed persecution of the Paulicians in Asia Minor and the matyrs of Amorium 62
7 Peter of Sicily's History of the Paulicians (870) 65
8 Peter the Higoumenos: an abridgement of Peter of Sicily 92
9 The death of the Paulician leader Chrysocheir (c. 878) 96
10 Theophylact Lecapenus (933-56) writes to Tsar Peter of Bulgaria about Bogomils 98
11 Abjuration formulae (tenth century) for Paulician converts to orthodoxy 102
12 Theodore, metropolitan of Nicaea (956-), writes about Paulicians in Euchaita 110
13 St Paul of Latrus (d. 955/6) converts Paulicians near Miletus 113
14 John I. Tzimisces (969-76) settles Paulicians at Philippopolis 114
15 The discourse of the priest Cosmas against Bogomils (after 972) 114
16 The Synodikon of Orthodoxy: clauses about Bogomils 134
17 Paulicians in eleventh-century southern Italy 139
18 St Lazarus the wonder-worker converts Paulicians near Ephesus (before 1054) 141
19 Euthymius of the Periblepton condemns Bogomils (c. 1045) 142
20 The Paulicians of Philippopolis ally with the Patzinaks (c. 1050) 164
21 A letter of the patriarch Cosmas (1075-81) against the Bogomils 165
22 Alexius Comnenus (1081-1118) and the Paulicians 166
23 Extracts from Euthymius Zigabenus' Dogmatic Panoply against the Paulicians and the Messalians 171
24 Anna Comnena's account of the trial of the Bogomil Basil (c. 1098) 175
25 Extracts from Euthymius Zigabenus' Dogmatic Panoply against the Bogomils 180
26 Abjuration formula and form of reception into the Church for Bogomil converts 207
27 A sermon against the Bogomils for the Sunday of All Saints (c. 1107) 210
28 The posthumous trial of Constantine Chrysomallus for heresy (1140) 212
29 The Patriarch Michael II (1143-46) orders the burning of Bogomils 215
30 Two Cappadocian bishops are condemned for Bogomilism (1143) 215
31 The monk Niphon is condemned for Bogomilism (1144) 219
32 The Patriarch Cosmas (1146-47) is deposed for favouring Bogomils 222
33 St Hilarion of Moglena (1136-64) converts Bogomils in his diocese 225
34 An Anti-Bogomil work, possibly by Nicholas of Methone 227
35 Popular beliefs about Bogomilism recounted by George Tornices (1154) 233
36 Hugh Eteriano (a Pisan) writes a treatise against the Bogomils of Constantinople (c. 1165-80) 234
37 The mission of papa Nicetas of Constantinople to the West (c. 1170) 250
38 The Secret Book brought from Bulgaria (c. 1190) 253
39 Pope Innocent III and the Bogomils of Bosnia (1198-1203) 254
40 The Fourth Crusade and the Paulicians of Philippopolis (1205) 259
41 The Synodikon of Tsar Boril against the Bogomils (1211) 260
42 Pope Honorius III and the Balkan pope of the heretics (1221-23) 263
43 Pope Gregory IX (1227-41) urges the king of Hungary to crusade against the Bogomils 265
44 The Patriarch Germanus II (1222-40) writes and preaches against Bogomils 267
45 An Italian inquisitor's view of Bogomilism (c. 1250) 275
46 Evidence of Bogomilism in a liturgical commentary (date unknown) 276
47 Pope John XXII alleges that Cathars are fleeing to Bosnia (1325) 276
48 St Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) and the Bogomils 278
49 St Theodosius of Trnovo (c. 1350) legislates against Bogomils 282
50 Symeon, archbishop of Thessalonica, preaches against Bogomils (before 1429) 286
App. 1 The Ritual of Radoslav the Christian 289
App. 2 Armenian sources and the Paulicians 292
Glossary 298
Bibliography 304
Index 319
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