Cyril of Jerusalem: Bishop and City


This volume deals with the episcopate of Cyril of Jerusalem (350 to 387). Its overall theme is the relationship between the city and its bishop and, in particular, Cyril’s efforts to promote Jerusalem as the Christian city par excellence, by employing Jerusalem’s religious symbols - the holy sites and the Cross. Apart from chapters on Jerusalem in the fourth century C.E. and on the life and works of Cyril, this study discusses important aspects and events of Cyril's episcopacy, such as his pastoral work as an urban bishop of the Jerusalem Christian community, Jerusalem’s liturgy, the rebuilding of the Temple, giving a re-interpretation of the Syriac letter ascribed to Cyril about this event, and Jerusalem’s and Palestine’s religious landscape.

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Jan Willem Drijvers, Ph.D. (1989), is Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Groningen. He has published extensively on Late Antiquity and is the author of Helena Augusta, the Mother of Constantine the Great and the Legend of her Finding of the True Cross (Leiden 1992).

I. Jerusalem in the Fourth Century
II. Life and Works
III. Bishop, City and Liturgy
IV. Pagans, Heretics, Jews, Gnostics and Manichaeans
V. Rebuilding of the Temple
VI. Promoting Jerusalem

I. Cyril and Arianism
II. Services celebrated by the Bishop of Jerusalem
III. Letter attributed to Cyril on the Rebuilding of the Temple
Principal Ancient Sources
1. Jerusalem in the Fourth Century
2. Church of the Holy Sepulchere
All those interested in the history of Late Antiquity, the History of the Church, Patristics, as well as theologians and Syriasts.