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Peregrinus’ Christian Career

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One of the more fascinating figures for the history of Christianity and Judaism in the middle of the second century undoubtedly is the pagan philosopher Peregrinus of Parion, a port situated in Mysia on the eastern entrance of the Hellespont. His spectacular suicide in A.D. 165 led the ancient social satirist Lucian to dedicate a "debunking" pamphlet, De morte Peregrini, to his life. As Peregrinus stayed for a while in Palestine where he joined a Christian congregation, this "biography" may be also of some interest to the author's esteemed colleague, as he himself, more recently, also has started to work on the crossroads of Judaism and Christianity. It would transcend the available space to write a commentary on the whole of the pamphlet and therefore this chapter mainly limits to the chapters that discuss Peregrinus' career as a Christian or that suggest a Christian influence.

Keywords: Christianity; De morte Peregrini; Judaism; Peregrinus

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