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A late second-century ad Jewish-Christian historian and apologist who lived in Rome and wrote against heresies such as Gnosticism and Marcionism.
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HEGESIPPUS (PERSON) [Gk hēgēsippos (ἡγησιππος)]. A 2d-century Christian writer (b. before a.d. 130; d. between 180 and 192). Author of a work in five books (surviving only in fragments) entitled Hypomnēmata ekklēsiastikōn praxeōn, “Memoirs of the Acts of the Church,” completed when Eleutherus
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Hegesippus.—A Jew converted to Christianity; died in Rome about 181. He is called the first Church historian. Desirous of learning the doctrines handed down by the Apostles, he made a journey from Jerusalem to Rome, visiting many Churches on the way. The result of his inquiries and collections was his
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Hegesippus (ca. 105–ca. 180). Apparently a Hellenistic Jew who was converted to Christianity. H. visited several of the principal churches of his time, arriving in Rome around the year 155. His purpose was to know what was taught in those churches, in order to reject and refute the doctrines and theories
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
HEGESIPPUS (1), commonly known as the father of Church history, although his works, with the exception of a few fragments which will be found collected in Routh (Rel. Sacr. i. pp. 207–219), and in Grabe (Spicilegium, ii. 203–214), have perished. Nothing positive is known of his birth or of the early
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
HEGESIPPUS (mid-2nd c.). Writer, probably of Jewish origin, who went to Rome via Corinth during the pontificate of *Anicetus (155–166) and remained there until the pontificate of *Eleutherus (174–189). Known as the author of five books of hypomnemata (“memories”), intended to relate “the tradition, without
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HEGESIPPUS [Ἡγήσιππος Hēgēsippos]. A mid-2nd cent. Greek-speaking Christian from Palestine or Syria, perhaps a converted Jew. He traveled by sea to Rome via Corinth collecting authentic apostolic traditions. These he recorded in the five books of his Hypomnemata, or Memoirs, to safeguard the tradition
Who’s Who in Christian History
Hegesippus (c. 120–190)Antiheretical Christian authorA converted Jew and probably a native of Palestine, about the year 180 Hegesippus wrote five books of Recollections, a work “doctrinal in character and controversial in aim,” which survives only in fragments, nearly all of them preserved in Eusebuis’s