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The Construction of Heresy and the Creation of Identity: Epiphanius of Salamis and His Medicine-Chest against Heretics

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The article is about Epiphanius’ use of metaphors in the Panarion to create boundaries between acceptable and non-acceptable religion. The stress is on how the various inventors of so-called heresies were made similar to different species of harmful animals, and how a comparative system of serpents and other animals was applied metaphorically. This explanatory model has multiple references to biblical texts. The article shows the persuasive power and emotional impact of the use of animals to describe heresies.

Affiliations: 1: University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and ReligionPostboks 7805, 5020


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