Original Research

Documents written by the heads of the Catechetical School in Alexandria: From Origen to Rhodon

Willem H. Oliver
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1767 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1767 | © 2017 Willem H. Oliver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 May 2017 | Published: 10 November 2017

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Willem H. Oliver, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


The first article of this series of two discusses and notes the documents written by the heads of the Catechetical School in Alexandria – from Mark the Evangelist to Clement of Alexandria – covering the period between approximately 40 CE and the end of the 2nd century. This article covers the period from the beginning of the 3rd century, starting with Origen and ending with Rhodon and the demise of the Catechetical School in Alexandria at the end of the 4th century. As the author could not find one single source containing all the documents written by the heads of the School, he deemed it necessary to list these documents, together with a short discussion of it where possible.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The potential results of the proposed research are a full detailed list of all the documents being written by the heads of the School in Alexandria. The disciplines involved are (Church) History, Theology and Antiquity. These results will make it easier for future researchers to work on these writers.


Catechetical School; Alexandria; Africa; Origen; Dionysius Magnus; Theognostus; Pierius; Peter the Martyr; Serapion; Macarius Politicus; Didymus the Blind; Rhodon


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