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Irenaeus of Lyons

Identifying Christianity

John Behr

February 2015

ISBN: 9780199214631

320 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

Christian Theology in Context

Price: £24.99

A full, contextual study of Irenaeus of Lyons, the first great theologian of the Christian tradition. John Behr sets Irenaeus both within his own context of the second century and our own contemporary context.

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A full, contextual study of Irenaeus of Lyons, the first great theologian of the Christian tradition. John Behr sets Irenaeus both within his own context of the second century and our own contemporary context.

  • Provides a comprehensive and positive treatment of the establishment of orthodoxy in the early Church.
  • Examines the earliest methods of scriptural interpretation in the Christian tradition, how theological reflection develops out of this, and how scriptural interpretation and theological exposition fit together.
  • Presents a complete picture of early Christian theology presented on its own terms (rather than later theological doctrine).

About the Author(s)

John Behr, Dean and Professor of Patristics, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York

John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and Professor of Patristics and Metropolitan Kallistos Chair in Orthodox Theology at Vrije Universiteit. His previous publications include Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement (2000) and Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity (OUP, 2013). He is also the co-editor of The Role of Life in Death: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Issues pertaining to Life and Death (Wipf and Stock, 2015; with C. Cunningham).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Irenaeus of Lyons: Ambassador for Peace, Reconciliation, and Toleration
    Vienne and Lyons
    The Christian Communities at Rome
    Irenaeus and Florinus, Eleutherus and Victor
    Polycarp and Irenaeus
    The Chronology of Irenaeus Life and Writings
    2:Against the Heresies
    Structure
    Refutation and Overthrowal (haer. 1-2)
    3:The Glory of God (haer.3-5)
    The Concise Word
    The Arc of the Economy
    The Work of God
    The Symphony of Salvation
    Living Human Beings, The Martyrs
    Conclusion
    Bibliography

Reviews

"...In his usual lucid and succinct manner, B. organizes in a modest three chapters a volume that is profoundly researched and the product of mature thought about Irenaeus and his theological legacy. It thus admirably meets the series's goals to produce 'well-researched yet accessible books." - Theological Studies

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