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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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A.D. 219. . CALIXnTB ELECTED POPE. 169 A.D. 208. A fifth edition of the divine law was found at Jericho ; the author of which is not known. A.D- 209. Zephyrinus was elected pope. He sat in the Roman chair eight years, six months, and ten days. And the see was vacant six days. A.D. 210. While Bassianus was emperor, Symmachus diffused his heresy abroad, by preaching that Jesue was born of Joseph in the natural way, and that the Mosaic law ought to be observed according to the Jewish fashion. A.D. 211. Alexander, bishop of Cappadocia, being full of a desire to see the sacred places, came to Jerusalem, while Narcissus, who was the bishop of that city, and a man of exceeding old age, was still alive ; and the Lord himself, in a revelation, directing such a step, he is made bishop in the room of Narcissus. A.D. 212. Tertullianus, an African, the son of a centurion o f proconsular rank, flourished ; he was celebrated in all the churches, but afterwards he fell away, and embraced the doctrines of Montanus, and wrote books against the church. A.D. 213. Bassianus the emperor waged a war against the Parthians, and was surrounded by the enemy, between Edeesa and Carrse, and slain. A.D. 214. Macrimus the prefect usurped the empire, and reigned one year. And when the year was passed, he was slain in a tumult of the soldiers. A.D. 215. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus succeeded to the empire, and held it for four years. A.D. 216. The city of Nicopolis in Palestine, which was formerly called Emmaus, was built. This is that Emmaus, which the Lord, after his resurrection, condescended to sanctify by his entrance into it. A.D. 217. Sabellius the heresiarch appeared, who asserted that one ought to preach one person only, of the Father, Son, an d Holy Ghost. AJ. 218. Alexander was created emperor, by the consent of both the Senate and the soldiers, and reigned fifteen years with great glory for his equity. A.D. 219. Calixtus was elected the eighteenth pope. He sat in the Boman chair five years, two months, and two days, and the see was vacant six days. He appointed a fast to take place at the fruit season every year, to obtain fine weather and abundant crops.


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