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Philosophumena (2 vols.)

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SPCK, Macmillan Co. 1921

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Overview

Philosophumena, or the Refutation of All Heresies, is the principal work of Hippolytus of Rome, and accounts for his status as the most important theologian of the third century. This book is considered an important source of knowledge regarding heresy that remains relevant in discussions of orthodoxy today.

Although known to exist, the bulk of the text was lost for many years. It was discovered in a monastery on Mt. Athos and was originally attributed to Origen, though since has been credited to Hippolytus. Philosophumena is composed of 10 books, not all of which are accounted for, and primarily deals with refuting pagan beliefs, as well as 33 Christian heresies.

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Key Features

  • The principal work of Hippolytus of Rome
  • Arguments on heresy that apply to contemporary discussions
  • Informational text surrounding the discovery of this text and its crediting to Hippolytus

Individual Titles

Philosophumena, or the Refutation of All Heresies, vol. 1

  • Author: Hippolytus of Rome
  • Translator: F. Legge
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 212

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains introductory remarks that cover the discovery of the text, the shift of authorship credit, and characteristics of the work, as well as, “Book I: The Philosophers,” “Book IV: The Diviners and Magicians,” and “Book V: The Ophite Heresies.” Books II and III have never been recovered and are therefore only mentioned as lost.

Philosophumena, or the Refutation of All Heresies, vol. 2

  • Author: Hippolytus of Rome
  • Translator: F. Legge
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 220

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains the remaining five books of Philosophumena, including “Book VI: Simon Magus, Valentinus, and Their Followers,” “Book VII: Basilides, Saturnilus, and Others,” “Book VIII: The Docetae, Monoimus, and Others,” “Book IX: Noetus, Callistus, and Others,” and “Book X: Summaries, and the World of Truth.”

Product Details

  • Title: Philosophumena
  • Author: Hippolytus of Rome
  • Translator: F. Legge
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 432

About Hippolytus of Rome

Hippolytus of Rome (AD 170–235) was perhaps the most important theologian of the third century. He was a presbyter of the Church of Rome, where he came into conflict with Popes Zephyrinus, Callixtus, and Urban I, and was elected as a rival bishop of Rome—thereby being considered by some as the first antipope. He was exiled to Sardinia in AD 235, and likely reconciled to the Church before his martyrdom later that year. He is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox Churches. Philosophumena is considered his principal work, and he is also credited with the earliest Christian interpretation of the Song of Songs.