Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians

Hardcover | June 1, 1999

EditorMark J. Edwards, Martin Goodman, Simon Price

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This book is the first to tackle the origins and purpose of literary religious apologetic in the first centuries of the Christian era by discussing, on their own terms, texts composed by pagan and Jewish authors as well as Christians. Previous studies of apologetic have focused primarily on the Christian apologists of the second century. These, and other Christian authors, are represented also in this volume but, in addition, experts in the religious history of the pagan world, in Judaism, and in late antique philosophy examinevery different literary traditions to see to what extent techniques and motifs were shared across the religious divide. Each contributor has investigated the probable audience, the literary milieu, and the specific social, political, and cultural circumstances which elicited each apologetic text.In many cases these questions lead on to the further issue of the relation between the readers addressed by the author and the actual readers, and the extent to which a defined literary genre of apologetic developed. These studies, ranging in time from the New Testament to the early fourth century, and including novel contributions by specialists in ancient history, Jewish history, ancient philosophy, the New Testament, and patristics, will put the study of ancient religious apologetic on to a newfooting.

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This book is the first to tackle the origins and purpose of literary religious apologetic in the first centuries of the Christian era by discussing, on their own terms, texts composed by pagan and Jewish authors as well as Christians. Previous studies of apologetic have focused primarily on the Christian apologists of the second centu...

Mark J. Edwards is at Christ Church College, Oxford. Martin Goodman is at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198269862

ISBN - 13:9780198269861

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Apologetics in the Roman WorldThe Acts of the Apostles as an Apologetic TextJosephus' Treatise Against ApionTalking at Trypho: Christian Apologetic as Anti-Judaism in Justin's Dialogue with Trypho the JewGreek Apologists of the Second CenturyLatin Christian Apologetics: Minucius Felix, Tertullian, and CyprianOrigen's Treatise Against CelsusDefending Hellenism: Philostratus, In Honour of ApolloniusThe Flowering of Latin Apologetic: Lactantius and ArnobiusEusebius' Apologetic WritingsThe Constantine Circle and the Oration to the Saints

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`these essays, written by notable specialists ... range from interesting to provocative.'Jason P. Davis, BMCR, 07.07.