I know of no evidence that Epiphanius invented
documents in order to
quote from them, which for text-critical purposes
is probably the
important issue. ie documents quoted by Epiphanius
are usually ones
that he believed to be authentic and quoted
When Epiphanius is not quoting from documents but
telling us what
he thinks about the groups that used these
documents he should be
taken with caution.
The status of heretical groups for which Epiphanius
documentary evidence should also be regarded
Stories by Epiphanius about ritual sexual abuse
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Subject: [textualcriticism] Epiphanius of
Someone wrote that Epiphanius
"invented some heresies" just to be able to refute them.
Is that probable?
Or does it just mean that the only thing we know about some heresies,
found in his writings?
I hope this is on-topic, because... IF he was
inventing stories, that would highly
decrease his value for TC
Anyone read a scholarly opinion on this?