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Severian, Bishop of Gabala

IV/V Centuries
Theological writer and bishop of Jablah in Syria, he was one of St. John Chrysostom's most relentless opponents. He was also seemingly among the few early Christian writers to argue that the Earth must be flat. Rather astonishingly, he is a saint of the Coptic Church, celebrated on the 7th day of the month of Tout and described as a defender of Chrysostom; perhaps the situation was not exactly as historians relate it.


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