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Being Christian in Vandal AfricaThe Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West$
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Robin Whelan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295957

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295957.001.0001

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African Churches

African Churches

(p.29) 1 African Churches
Being Christian in Vandal Africa

Robin Whelan

University of California Press

This chapter sets the stakes for Vandal Africa’s ecclesiastical controversy. Taking its cue from the anxieties of contemporary Nicene bishops, it suggests that the Nicene and Homoian churches were not so dissimilar from one another, whether in size, personnel, language use, or ecclesiastical culture. It also presents the (surprisingly scanty) information on the careers of key Nicene clerics and argues that pseudepigraphic texts must be integrated into any analysis of this period, not least since the works of better-known figures were often transmitted under assumed names in the early Middle Ages.

Keywords:   bishops, Homoians, Nicenes, Gothic, Quodvultdeus of Carthage, Fulgentius of Ruspe, Donatists, Cyrila, pseudepigraphy

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