Helvidius, Jovinian, and the Virginity of Mary in Late Fourth-Century Rome

  title={Helvidius, Jovinian, and the Virginity of Mary in Late Fourth-Century Rome},
  author={David G. Hunter},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={47 - 71}
  • D. Hunter
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
Marian doctrine and ascetical theology become increasingly intertwined in the late fourth century West, especially in the writings of Ambrose and Jerome. Helvidius and Jovinian are two Christians who oppose these new developments. Helvidius rejects the doctrine of Mary's virginitas post partum; Jovinian rejects her virginitas in partu. For both, the Marian teachings represent faulty notions of sin, sexuality and the church. When compared to the ideas of earlier writers, the positions of… 
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