Monday, November 16, 2009

Was Rufinus Of Aquileia Born In Aquileia?

My post about Rufinus yesterday mentioned that he was born in Concordia. Yet, he's often referred to as Rufinus of Aquileia. Similarly, Irenaeus is often referred to as Irenaeus of Lyons because of his living in that city and his leadership of the church there, not because he was born there. Keep such examples in mind the next time you see the claim that New Testament references to Jesus of Nazareth are evidence that Jesus wasn't born in Bethlehem. The same gospel authors who refer to Jesus as having been born in Bethlehem refer to him as Jesus of Nazareth. The two concepts aren't inconsistent, as later examples, like Irenaeus and Rufinus, further demonstrate.

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