|Title||Hippolytus and the Roman Church in the Third Century : Communities in Tension before the Emergence of a Monarch-Bishop|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Series Title||Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements|
|Number of Pages||611 ; 24 ill.|
Allen Brent examines the significance of the Hippolytan events in the life of the Roman Church in the early third century. Developing the thesis of at least two authors in the Hippolytan corpus, he proposes a new, redactional explanation of the relation between these different authors and the theological and social tensions to which their work bears witness. Brent reconstructs a picture of the community that contextualizes both the Hippolytan literature and in particular the Statue, for which he proposes a new interpretation as a community artefact though universally misjudged as a monument to an individual.