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Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovinianist Controversy

David G. Hunter


In the later years of the fourth century the monk Jovinian was condemned at Rome and Milan for teaching that all baptized Christians were equal in God's sight and that all would receive an equal reward in heaven regardless of ascetic merit. This book is the first study in English devoted to Jovinian and the controversy sparked by his teaching. In chapter 1 I offer a reconstruction of Jovinian's teaching, uncovering its strong anti‐heretical emphases, exposing its biblical foundations, and relating it to fourth‐century baptismal practice. Subsequent chapters place Jovinian in a variety of conte ... More

Keywords: Jovinian, marriage, celibacy, orthodoxy, heresy, virginity, Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome, Siricius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279784
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David G. Hunter, author
Professor of Religious Studies and Monsignor James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies, Iowa State University
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