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n.1.(Eccl. Hist.) One of a body of believers in the early church who denied the independent preëxistent personality of Christ, and who, accordingly, held that the Father suffered in the Son; a monarchian.
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He takes up in turn (1) the struggle with Docetism, (2) the Patripassian
A historical precedent for the death of God is the old Patripassian heresy, the idea that the Father emptied himself into the Son.
Perhaps in her discussion of the Sabellian or patripassian views attributed to it Trevett could have more clearly pointed to the naif modalism common in the second century.