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Headword: Nerbas
Adler number: nu,252
Translated headword: Nerva, Nerbas
Vetting Status: high
emperor of the Romans. This man also recalled John the evangelist from exile on Patmos and brought him to Ephesus;[1] at this time the doctine of the Manichaeans also appeared, with Manes himself conspicuous as its leader.[2]
Greek Original:
Nerbas, basileus tôn Rhômaiôn. houtos kai ton euangelistên Iôannên apo tês exorias Patmou anakalesas êgagen en Ephesôi: kath' hon kairon kai to tôn Manichaiôn anephanê dogma, autou Manentos phanerôs exêgoumenou.
Marcus Cocceius Nerva was the thirteenth Roman emperor (when elderly: 96-98 AD), the first of the so-called five "good" emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius), and the last strictly Italian emperor. See generally J.B. Campbell in OCD(4) s.v. Nerva; De Imperatoribus Romanis entry by David Wend at web address 1.
[1] Compare generally Revelation 1.9 and Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 3.23.6; neither source names Nerva, though Eusebius notes that the release from Patmos came after the death of Domitian. On John the Evangelist and Patmos, cf. iota 461.
[2] Manes or Mani is the name of the founder of the Gnostic sect called the Manichaeans. The origin of this doctrine in Babylonia is usually dated to the third century AD, not during the reign of Nerva. See mu 147, mu 149, epsilon 3782, kappa 2174.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; geography; history; religion
Translated by: Abram Ring on 9 November 2003@14:43:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation at one point; augmented primary note; cosmetics) on 10 November 2003@03:47:00.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 11 April 2011@04:21:46.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@05:12:09.
Catharine Roth (supplemented note) on 18 September 2013@00:44:29.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2014@04:20:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 28 October 2020@01:20:03.
Ronald Allen (added cross-reference n.1) on 28 October 2020@15:50:30.


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