(fourth century)
   Church Father.
   Very little is known of the life of Aphraates. In his writings he emphasised the value of the ascetic life. He taught that God created the Universe and gave the Law to Moses; that Jesus is the Son of God and that at baptism the believer receives the Holy Spirit. His twenty-three tractates (known as the Homilies), written between 337 and 345, are the earliest evidence of the Syrian Church and, as such, are very valuable to the Church historian.
   E.J. Duncan, Baptism in the Demonstrations of Aphraates (1945);
   J. Neusner, Aprahat and Judaism (1971).

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