Document: Letter 63
Incipit: Beatissimo papae Theophilo [episcopo]
Addressee: Theophilus Episcopus
Date: 399 (Kelly p. 244)
Earliest ms.: El Escorial, Spain: Lat. &.I.14, f. 144 and following. 8-9th century. (Lambert, I: p. 699)
Latin Text: CSEL 54, pp. 585-586
English Translation: Fremantle,  pp. 134
Notes: When the dispute arose between Jerome and Epiphanius on the one side and Rufinus and John of Jerusalem on the other (see Letter 51), Theophilus bishop of Alexandria, being appealed to by the latter sent the presbyter Isidore to report to him on the matter. Isidore reported against Jerome and consequently Theophilus refused to answer several of his letters. Finally he wrote counselling him to obey the canons of the church. Jerome replies that to do this has always been his first object. He then remonstrates with Theophilus on his too great leniency towards the Origenists and declares it to be productive of the worst results.

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