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Montanism arose around a.d. 172 in Phrygia, Asia Minor. It was founded by Montanus, a recent convert to Christianity, who in trances uttered oracles predicting the imminent descent of the heavenly Jerusalem at the village of Pepuza in Phrygia (Ecstasy; Eschatology; Prophet, Prophecy). He urged devotees to assemble there, to practice rigorous fasting, and to give money to a common fund.

1. Oracles

The oracles of Montanus claim the authority of revelation (e.g., “It is I, the Lord God Almighty, who am present in a ma…

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Grant, Robert M., “Montanism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M823>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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