Cerinthus


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Cerinthus

(sĭrĭn`thəs), fl. c.A.D. 100?, Jewish-Christian religious leader, b. Ephesus. He held tenets influenced by Gnosticism and similar to those of the Ebionites. He taught that the Christ descended into Jesus at his baptism and left him again before the Passion.
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The train will be shipped aboard the Cerinthus to the Peruvian port of Callao.
Wright is intrigued by the final line of the poem with its puzzling shift in tense ("But 'twas Cerinthus that is lost").
Otro dato interesante es su amor por el joven Cerinthus, de quien no se tienen datos, aunque sea el leit motiv de sus poesias.
They announce a new kind of slavery (novum servi-tium) for puellae such as Sulpicia, and proud kingdoms (regna superba) for Cerinthus.
Indeed, the elegy begins with a request to the boar, to save Cerinthus from the same fate as Adonis:
Sulpicia then imagines herself and Cerinthus making love, in the wilds of nature, in front of the hunting nets.
Gaudia is the word Sulpicia uses in celebrating her own love affair with Cerinthus at 3.
Cerinthus and Ebion and the others of the school of Satan were spread over the world, all the bishops came together to him (convenerunt ad illum) from the most distant provinces and compelled him to write a testimony.
Nor does Eusebius' source show any signs of a controversy about who wrote the Fourth Gospel, or a concern with Cerinthus or any other heretics, both of which lay at the basis of the charges of Gaius and the Alogi.
Jerome: `John, the apostle whom Jesus most loved, the son of Zebedee and brother of James the apostle, whom Herod, after the Lord's passion, beheaded, was the last one to write a Gospel, at the request (rogatus) of the bishops of Asia, against Cerinthus and other heretics and especially against the then growing doctrine of the Ebionites, who asserted that Christ did not exist before Mary.
The denials of the divinity of Christ by nineteenth-century critics like Strauss and Renan, which is Browning's context for this poem, were long preceded by the first- and second-century teachings of Cerinthus and the Ebionites about the "double nature" of Jesus.
The mixing of tenses in the final lines alerts us to this: it was Cerinthus, a past historical person, who is lost, not to history but eternally because of his disbelief.