Irenaeus of Lyons

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Religion - 214 pages
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

THE LIFE OF IRENAEUS
1
GNOSTIC ORIGINS
11
AGAINST THE VALENTINIANS
21
CHRISTIAN BOOKS AND TRADITIONS
29
GREEK EDUCATION AGAINST GNOSTICISM
41
RHETORIC IN THEOLOGY
46
On the Detection and Refutation of the Knowledge Falsely So Called
55
PREFACE TO BOOKS I AND II
57
BOOK II
106
BOOK III
123
BOOK IV
144
BOOK V
163
Notes
187
Bibliography
199
Index
204
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