Hegesippus

SECOND CENTURY. Church historian. A terminus a quo is provided for him by his reference to Hadrian (117-38) establishing certain games in his day; and a terminus ad quem by his addition of the names of Soter and Eleutherus (175-89) to a succession list of the bishops of Rome which he had drawn up in Rome in the time of Anicetus (156-67). Jerome corroborates these dates when he says that Hegesippus lived near the time of the apostles. Eusebius draws the conclusion that Hegesippus was a Jew and says his work comprised five books of “Memoirs.” These appear to have been directed against the Gnostics and to have ranged over the whole of church history to his day in a random fashion (James is dealt with in the last book) and an unpretentious style. The “Memoirs” survive now only in fragments, nearly all in Eusebius. One fragment in Photius has been taken as an attack by Hegesippus on Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 2:9. It is more likely, however, to be an attack on the misuse of Paul's words by the Gnostics.