Wulfila, Bishop of Gothia
The apostle to the Goths,
Wulfila (Ulphilias) was of Cappadocian descent
and seems to have received a Christian education. His later thought,
preserved in a confession of faith, is
semi-Arian; he believes that the
Son is like the Father but is not of the same essence.
Eusebius of Nicomedia
consecrated Wulfila bishop of the Goths c. 341, and he spent the
next 40 years preaching among the Goths. He is said to have created the
Gothic alphabet, and he translated the Septuagint and the New Testament
into Gothic. He omitted the Book of Kings because, according to the Arian
church historian Philostorgius, both the book and the people had a warlike
nature. Socrates and Sozomen record that Wulfila aided persecuted
Christians who sought refuge in the Roman Empire. Theodosius invited
Wulfila to defend his faith at the 381 Council of Aquilea.
Karen Rae Keck
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