Irenaeus of Lyons

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Routledge, Dec 5, 2006 - History - 224 pages
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During the second century the Christian world was shaken by the Gnostics. Irenaeus came from Asia Minor via Rome to become bishop of Lyons, clarify Christian doctrines and fight the Gnostics with a major, five-volume work. He was a living part of his contemporary culture and his approach filled early Christian thought with new life.
The writings of Irenaeus exist as a whole only in Latin and Armenian. This study offers new translations of significant parts of his work, critically based on a complete reconstruction of the original Greek in the French series Sources Chretiennes. This collection of sources will also be an invaluable resource for students of the Early Church.
 

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Contents

1 THE LIFE OF IRENAEUS
1
2 GNOSTIC ORIGINS
8
3 AGAINST THE VALENTINIANS
15
4 CHRISTIAN BOOKS AND TRADITIONS
21
5 GREEK EDUCATION AGAINST GNOSTICISM
30
6 RHETORIC IN THEOLOGY
34
ON THE DETECTION AND REFUTATION OF THE KNOWLEDGE FALSELY SO CALLED
41
PREFACE TO BOOKS I AND II
43
BOOK II
80
BOOK III
93
BOOK IV
109
BOOK V
123
NOTES
142
BIBLIOGRAPHY
154
INDEX
158
Copyright

BOOK I
45

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Robert M.Grant has taught for nearly fifty years at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, working and writing intensively on second-century Gnosticism. His most recent book is Heresy and Criticism (1993).

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