Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis on Cyprus from about 367 until 402, was a witness to and participant in the troubled era after the Council of Nicaea. His
Panarion, or "Medicine Chest," is an historical encyclopedia of ideas and movements he considered heretical, and of the replies Christians ought to make to them. Book II and III deal with the Trinity, the Person of Christ, the divinity and personality of the Holy Spirit, Manichaeism, penance, matrimony and celibacy, monastic regulations, the Christian Calendar, all hotly contested topics in the fourth century.
Book I, issued by Brill in 1987, concerns Gnosticism and Jewish Christianity. Together, the two volumes are the only complete translation of the
Panarion in a modern language.
Frank Williams, Ph.D. (1961) Oxford University; Religious Studies Faculty, the University of Texas at El Paso; recent publications: "The Apocryphon of James" and "The Concept of Our Great Power" in
Reader's Guide to the Nag Hammadi Library, (Polebridge Press);
The Panarion of Epiphanius of Salamis, Book I, (Brill, 1987).
...[une oeuvre] a l'indiscutable mérite de mettre à la disposition des chercheurs une traduction de la Boîte à remèdes
Recherches de Science Religieuse, 1995. '
La consultation de cet ouvrage est indispensable pour les travaux sur l'histoire de la doctrine d'Origène ou la crise arienne.' Jean-Daniel Dubois,
Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, 1994.
Those interested in ecclesiastical history, patristics, systematic theology, Christian origins, Gnosticism and Manichaeism, Byzantine studies, the intellectual history of Christianity, and the history of Christian Biblical exegesis.