of the Goths under the leadership of the Arian Ulfilas.
The Goths first
encountered Christianity through prisoners taken during warfare in Cappadocia.
Widespread evangelization occurred through the work of Ulfilas, the son
of a Cappadocian mother and Gothic father. On a visit to Constantinople,
Ulfilas was commissioned as a missionary bishop by a leading Arian bishop,
Eusebius of Nicomedia. Ulfilas spent the next forty years as an evangelist
among the Goths propagating an Arian form of
Christianity. Among his accomplishments as a missionary was a translation
of the Bible into the Gothic language. He omitted the books of Kings from
his translation of the Old Testament on the ground that the Goths already
knew quite enough about warfare.