Heresy and Criticism: The Search for Authenticity in Early Christian Literature

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Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993 - Religion - 180 pages
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Robert Grant draws upon his fifty years of experience dealing with the correlation of early Christianity and classical culture to demonstrate that Christian "heretics" were the first to apply literary cfiticism to Christian books. He shows that the heretics' methods were the same as those of pagan contemporaries, and that literary criticism derived from the Hellenistic schools. Literary criticism was later used by famous orthodox leaders, and, as time passed, orthodox critics increasingly found that these methods could serve them well. Grant supports his argument by focusing on such principal figures as Origen, Dionysius of Alexandria, Eusebius, and Jerome.

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Contents

Literary Criticism in Early Christian Times
15
Marcions Criticism of Gospel and Apostle
33
The Hidden Agenda of Ptolemaeus
49
Copyright

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Adolf von Harnack Adoptionists Against Apion Against Celsus Alexandria Apelles Apocalypse Apocryphon of John apostle Aristotle ascribed Athenaeus authenticity Autolycus Basilides canon Christ Christian Chrysippus cited claimed Clement Miscellanies Clement of Alexandria Clementine Homilies Codex Bezae Commentary deleted Demiurge Dinarchus Dio Chrysostom Diogenes Diogenes Laertius Dionysius Dionysius of Alexandria disciples discussed epic cycle Epinomis Epiphanius Epiphanius Heresies Epistle Eusebius Eusebius Church History exegesis exegetes Favorinus fragment G. E. R. Lloyd Galen Genesis genuine Gnostic Gospel Gospel of Luke Greek Harnack Hebrew Hellenistic Henry Drisler Heracleon Heresies heretics Herodotus Hesiod himself Hippocrates Hippocratic Hippolytus Homer Iamblichus Ibid Iliad interpolated Irenaeus Irenaeus Heresies Jerome Jesus Jewish John Josephus Justin Leipzig letter literary criticism Logos Luke Marcion Marcionite Matthew Montanists Moses Musaeus Nag Hammadi Library Neoplatonist Old Testament Onomacritus Origen Orpheus orthodox Papias Paul Pausanias Pergamum Peter Philo Photius Plato Pleroma Plutarch Polybus Polycarp Porphyry Proclus prophets Pseudepigraphie Ptolemaeus Pythagoras refers rejected Rome Savior says Septuagint Serapion of Antioch Sextus Empiricus Sibylline Oracles Socrates Spirit Stoic story Strabo syllogisms Synoptic Gospels Tatian Tertullian Teubner textual criticism Theogony theology Theophilus Theophilus of Antioch Theophrastus Thessalus tradition Valentinian Valentinus verse words writings wrote Xenophon Zacchaeus

About the author (1993)

Grant is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, The University of Chicago.

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