01 April 2020

1 April 2020

 1 April 12020 is April Fools’ Day. It’s also Anne McCaffrey’s birthday. The saint of the day is Melito of Sardis, a much-esteemed second century (10100s) writer whose works survive mainly in the form of quotations by later writers—Eusebius, for example. Melito concerned himself with the proper date for Easter, the superiority of Christian to pagan religion, and the canon of the Old Testament. In a work that likewise survives only as quotations Tertullian said that Melito was considered a prophet by many.

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