Studies on the Melitian Schism in Egypt (AD 306-335)

Hauben, Hans
Date published: 
May 2012

This collection of essays by Hans Hauben focuses on the earliest phase of the Melitian schism, from the Diocletianic persecution to the Synod of Tyre (335). It elucidates the chronology of the schism, the impact of the Council of Nicaea, the internal organisation of the parallel church, and the tensions in Alexandria caused by its repression, as well as interpretative problems posed by the sources. The papers constitute an in-depth assessment of the causes, development and meaning of the Melitian schism, and together with additional, related studies also included in the volume they paint a rich picture of early Christian society.